Team USA vs. Finland Olympic Hockey 2014: Final Grades, Analysis for Team USA

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Team USA vs. Finland Olympic Hockey 2014: Final Grades, Analysis for Team USA
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After a scoreless first period, Finland scored two quick goals in the second period and battered Team USA in the bronze-medal game Saturday, winning 5-0.

In what is likely his final international competition—because he has been known to change his mind—43-year-old Teemu Selanne scored twice to give the Finns bronze for the second consecutive Olympics. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made XX saves after missing the semifinal game with an illness.

Team USA had a solid first period and the effort looked like it was there. Ryan Kesler got himself in front of a puck that was headed for an empty net to prevent a goal. But Finland scored two goals in 11 seconds during the second period and Team USA never recovered.

Team USA had a chance to win medals at consecutive Olympics for the first time since 1956 and 1960, but instead laid an egg to conclude the tournament.

Here are the final grades for Team USA in this contest, which as you may expect, are quite bad.

 

Team USA Grades
Line combination/Pairing After 1st After 2nd Final
James van Riemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel B D D
Zach Parise-Ryan Kesler-Patrick Kane B+ B B-
Dustin Brown-David Backes-Ryan Callahan B F F
Max Pacioretty-Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie/Blake Wheeler B B- B-
Ryan Suter-Ryan McDonagh B F D
Cam Fowler-Kevin Shattenkirk B B B
Brooks Orpik-John Carlson/Justin Faulk C C B-
Jonathan Quick A C C
Special teams B- B F

vs. Finland

Final analysis

James van Riemsdyk-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel: This group was practically nonexistent in this game. Van Riemsdyk played 7:13 in the game and was glued to the bench for almost the entire second and third periods. Kessel had zero shots.

Zach Parise-Ryan Kesler-Patrick Kane: Kane has two penalty shots in this game and came up empty on both of them. This line had chances, but decided not to show up in the third period. Kane took two frustration penalties in the third period.

Dustin Brown-David Backes-Ryan Callahan: Just an absolute mess. Brown basically did not play after the second Finnish goal and this line was out there for both of those rapid-fire goals. 

Max Pacioretty-Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie/Blake Wheeler: This line was nothing spectacular either, but they didn't cost Team USA this game.

Ryan Suter-Ryan McDonagh: A train wreck in the middle period and the Americans never recovered.

Cam Fowler-Kevin Shattenkirk: One of the few bright spots for the Americans. They combined for eight shots.

Brooks Orpik-John Carlson/Justin Faulk: You can't hang any of the goals on Orpik, who wasn't on the ice for any of the goals against at even strength.

Jonathan Quick: He made some tough saves, but Selanne's first goal was stoppable and he missed it. There wasn't much he could do on the other goals, but this was perhaps a game Ryan Miller should've started.

Special teams: Tragic. The power play did nothing and the penalty kill allowed two goals in the third period when Team USA was more interested in the flight home than staging a comeback.

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