The Americans looked at one point to be the best hockey team in the Sochi tournament this year at the olympics, but their run for a gold medal blew up quicker and more spectacularly than we could have imagined. After a nail biting 1-0 loss to Canada on Friday, Team USA watched in horror as the Fins put on a scoring clinic against them in the bronze medal game.
After the game, Team USA captain Zach Parise spoke with NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire and noted that he wasn’t just disappointed but was embarrassed by the loss at the hands of Finland.
McGuire asked Parise if this was the most disappointed he’s ever been in his hockey career, and Parise noted that it was. He went a step further and said that the loss was embarrassing and he wasn’t wrong in his assessment of the performance by the Americans.
it was truly a crash and burn finish for Team USA as their 1-0 loss to the Canadians was at least entertaining the whole way through, while their blowout loss to Finland became a bore. The undisciplined nature of the Americans was troubling and it’s something that NHL teams will have to watch as the dejection from the blowout bronze medal loss may follow players into their games starting back up next week.