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Team USA wins bronze in a shootout at World Championships

May 19, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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Team USA won’t be heading home from the IIHF World Championships empty handed for the first time since 2004.

The Americans wrapped up their tournament with a 3-2 shootout victory over Finland in the bronze medal game. Canadiens rookie Alex Galchenyuk scored twice in the shootout to give them the win. IIHF shootout rules are different in that after the third round, teams can send the same player out continually to take shots.

Craig Smith and Paul Stastny each scored in regulation for Team USA as they led 2-0 after two periods. In the third, Finland would fight back behind Coyotes forward Lauri Korpikoski who scored twice to tie things up. The key player through all this for the Americans, however, was Ducks prospect goalie John Gibson.

Gibson, who starred and won gold with Galchenyuk at the World Junior Championships in January, stopped 36 of 38 shots faced and solidified his place as Team USA’s No. 1 goalie in spite of Lightning goalie Ben Bishop being on the roster. At 19 years-old he’s shown a lot of maturity in helping two teams medal this year.

  1. Stiller43 - May 19, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I *guess* thats a victory, considering the did worse last year. Idk, im really a “you’re first or you’re last” ricky bobby kinda guy.

    • windmiller4 - May 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      As long as USA places higher than canada im happy

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Most of the best Canadians are playing for a more important trophy.

      • windmiller4 - May 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        As are most of the important Americans. You Canadians are fascinating in your support, Its only a big deal if you win. If you guys lose then who cares and its not a big deal.

      • loinstache - May 19, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        as opposed to Americans whose interest in any sport other the big 3 evaporates the second their team is eliminated? see every soccer championship ever

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Meh this tourny is never a big deal, but always fun to win. Neither of our countries did. The WJC (you’ve got us) and the Olympics (we’ve got you) are the ones that really matter.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        But, out of curiosity, which of the best Americans are AWOL?

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