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Olympics recap, Day 9: USA falls to Finland 5-0 in bronze-medal match

Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 12:22 PM / News
By Emerald Gao  - chicagoblackhawks.com
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Olympics recap, Day 9: USA falls to Finland 5-0 in bronze-medal match
Team USA and Finland had to engineer quick turnarounds after close semifinal losses yesterday, both physically and emotionally, but it was Finland who seized momentum by scoring twice in 11 seconds en route to a 5-0 win over the Americans and a bronze-medal finish.
Patrick Kane took two penalty shots on Finland netminder Tuukka Rask during the bronze-medal match on Saturday, hitting the pipe on his second attempt. (Getty Images)

Team USA and Finland had to engineer quick turnarounds after close semifinal losses yesterday, both physically and emotionally, but it was Finland who seized momentum by scoring twice in 11 seconds en route to a 5-0 win over the Americans and a bronze-medal finish. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne, who became the oldest player to win an Olympic medal at age 43, led Finland with two goals, including the opening tally, and Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for his first shutout of the tournament.

With their bronze-medal finish, Finland became the first country to reach the Olympic podium four times since NHL players began participating at the 1998 Games in Nagano.

Patrick Kane (USA): Kane made Olympic history by attempting two penalty shots in the game, becoming the first player in the history of the tournament to have two opportunities. The first was the result of a broken-stick infraction by defenseman Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia) with the game in a scoreless tie, and Kane missed wide on Rask. The second penalty shot was awarded with Finland up 2-0, after Kane was hindered on a breakaway by Leo Komarov (Dynamo Moscow), but his attempt clanged off the pipe.

Kane logged 16:29 of ice time, five shots on goal and four penalty minutes; he finished his second Olympic tournament with four helpers in six games and a +2 rating, while ranking third among team forwards with an average ice time of 17:42.

Remaining Olympics schedule:

(1) Sweden vs. (3) Canada - 6 a.m. CT (Feb. 23)
Niklas Hjalmarsson
, Marcus Kruger, Johnny Oduya (SWE); Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (CAN)