Finland and the United States came up short against Sweden and Canada (respectively) in the semifinals, so now they’re set to do battle for the bronze medal. Both teams lost closely contested games—both were one goal contests—to geographic and historic rivals, and this game will be more about mental fortitude than forechecking schemes and shooting percentages.
Both teams are likely heartbroken to some degree. While it’s an honor to even be in the Olympics and to play for bronze, the Finns and Americans were gunning for Gold. They were both capable of doing so, but came up short.
How will that effect the level of play that both squads bring? Finland and the USA roster players that have seen and done just about everything, but asking them to turn around 24 hours after a rough loss to play it out is pretty rough. It’ll be a spectacle of a game, one way or the other.
Date: February 22
Start Time: 10:00 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
Will Teemu Selanne will able to pull the Finns up by their bootstraps and inspire an outstanding performance? Will Tuukka Rask be healthy enough to play for Finland? And will the United States come up with one last final blue collar effort despite falling short to Canada?
Tune in to find out.
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