Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from the Bronze-Medal Game

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Olympic Hockey 2014: Biggest Takeaways from the Bronze-Medal Game
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What was supposed to be an outstanding game between two ultra-motivated teams turned into a whitewash in a matter of 11 seconds. The United States and Finland played to a 0-0 tie through the first period.

One team bothered to show up for the second frame, while the other was seemingly more interested in taking boneheaded penalties.

Finland would score two goals, separated by only 11 seconds in the second period, and the floodgates were open from that point on, ultimately leading to a decisive 5-0 victory for Finland. The Americans went from gold-medal hopeful to embarrassment in a 48-hour period that saw them get shutout twice to finish a forgettable 2014 Winter Games with no medals to show for a strong preliminary round.

For hockey fans, there was plenty to cheer about, though—namely, Teemu Selanne's epic and historic performance. Here's a few things we learned during the game.

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