The United States tried to salvage their trip to Sochi by winning a Bronze medal against Tuukka Rask and Team Finland, but came up short…very short.
The Fins embarrassed the Americans by a score of 5-0 Saturday morning as Rask posted his first Olympic shutout.
The Americans were shutout in back-to-back games for the first time in USA Olympic history while the ageless Teemu Selanne netted two goals for Team Finland in their rout of the United States to add to his unworldly numbers in Olympic play.
It was not a great day or tournament for Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks sniper missed two penalty shots when the game was actually within reach and took multiple penalties due to his own frustrations.
The US could not generate any offense against Finland while their special teams were weak allowing two power-play goals while not being able to capitalize on their own man-advantage.
Jonathan Quick, who had such a fantastic tournament to this point allowed five goals to the Bronze medal winning Fins. His counterpart, Rask, was sensational after missing Friday’s game against Sweden due to the flu as he stopped all 26 shots from Team USA.
Bruins fans hope this momentum carries over to Wednesday night in Buffalo as Rask was fantastic. Since his first game where he let in four goals on 20 shots – although his team went on to win 8-4 – Rask returned to top form between the pipes.
The US went the last 138 minutes without scoring a single goal after being the lead scoring team in the tournament in the preliminary rounds. It is almost unfathomable to think.
The Americans could not score and they took untimely penalties as their team went off the rails. And that is why they are leaving Sochi empty-handed.