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Suter upset with ‘terrible’ U.S. performance: ‘You can’t play scared’

Feb 21, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT

No U.S. skater played more than Ryan Suter in Friday’s semifinal loss to Canada, and no U.S. skater sounded more upset after the game.

From’s Arpon Basu:

Suter, who logged a game-high 26:11, called the Americans’ performance “frustrating,” a byproduct of watching an offense that racked up 20 goals in its first four games get completely shut down in its fifth.

“We didn’t show up to play. It’s kind of frustrating,” Suter said, per the Olympic News Service. “They’re a good team. We sat back, we were passive. You can’t play scared.”

Passiveness will likely be a topic of conversation for quite some time. The Canadians almost seemed to take a page from the Latvians and Finns on how to stifle the opposition and neutralize the offense, packing the middle of the ice while thwarting any sustained American pressure.

Consider this visual from’s Risto Pakarainen:


The result? While the Americans did put 31 shots on goal, 22 of them came in the first two periods. Trailing by one in a must-win final frame, the U.S. could only muster nine on Carey Price.

“I thought we sat on our heels and just didn’t take it to them at all,” Suter said. “We had motivation. We just didn’t take it on the ice.”

Asked to describe which loss to Canada was worse — the gold medal game in ’10 or the ’14 semifinal — Suter didn’t hesitate.

“This one,” he said. “We didn’t show up to play and it’s just very frustrating.”

  1. kangarooparm - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I agree Ryan, you especially we’re bad but there was plenty of soft play to go around. Must be nice to head back a “loser” with a 100 million dollar contract, eh?

    • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Did you watch game today? Suter was solid. Felt comfortable everytime his pairing was on ice, the other pairing not so much. Team played flat and tentative, and perimeter oriented. Needed to get dirty and throw pucks to the net. Canada played better and deserved to win, there d core best iv ever seen, but very disappointing finish to a promising Olympic for our USA squad.

      • mp1131211 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Agreed. Starting to wonder if Parise’s play encourages this somehow in a way I’m not seeing. The Wild are guilty of this a lot and when he left, they ‘got dirty’… a lot. Not saying Parise is at fault here, just realizing that team USA looked a bit like the Wild!

    • 11111111111a22 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM


      If you’re going to try and make an insult, try not to look like an idiot yourself.

    • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      i never had a problem with any of the defenseman. none of them.

      our problem was with most of forwards and their lack of desire to compete for pucks and play tough.

      im willing to bet its always nice to have 100 million dollars almost guaranteed, but i can’t think of a single reason why that matters here or why you’d criticize him for it.

  2. paperlions - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Sometimes when you think you played poorly it is just that you were up against a better team….better teams have a way of making you look or feel like you didn’t play well.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Canada def played well and I knew this would be USA toughest test, and yes Canada D core stellar to say the least, but USA just played flat and lacked Urgency, almost like they thought this was 7 game series. Sure it was def some of what Canada was doing but a some was USA inflicted on themselves, either way Im not sure the better team won, but the more DESERVING TEAM def won.

      • stepanup - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        Really impossible to argue the better team didn’t win this game.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Can argue anything LOL Canada is good don’t get me wrong Im just not sure that todays game was more what Canada did or if USA was flat and honestly you are right Canada won and deserved to win

      • elrock7 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        seriously bink US is a very good team, but honestly this Canadian team beats that American team 4 of every 5 games they would play/

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Elrock– no way they win a 7 game series Canada def better but they arent winning it 4-1 though. Canada prob win4-2 in a series

      • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        i agree with you.

        when you get to this stage, often times it comes down to which team played their best.

        canada played their best, the US didn’t come close. the Canadians didn’t convince the American players to not battle for pucks and finish checks and move the puck with urgency.

        they just simply didn’t do it. they played scared, like suter said, and it greatly inhibited their ability.

  3. joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Yep! That is what happens when you play the world power of hockey, and play against the Victor Tikhonov of Canadian Hockey.

  4. 19to77 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Suter’s being a little too harsh on their team. Canada played one of the most stifling defensive games I’ve ever seen, constantly broke up the play in the neutral zone and the team who he says “didn’t show up to play” still managed 31 shots on goal. They played a great game. Canada just played a better one.

  5. jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Think it was more the quality of the 31 shots id venture a guess to say maybe a dozen were quality, but as you pointed out a lot had to do with Canada’s D core, however just also feel like USA thought theyd be able to score the highlight goals the did in the Pool play. However, in all reality they had to get dirty and muck and grind a game out against a defense like Canada, and they were seemingly unprepared. In the end Canada won and deserved to no sense in beating a dead horse.

    • avscup - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I don’t think the US had many highlight goals at all in pool play. They had a lot of garbage goals from getting the puck to the net and having guys there. Tough to do against Canada with their great d and forwards coming back and focused on D. I agree with Sutter. There was not a lot of sacrifice, toughness and nobody was crashing the net for rebounds. No desperation. Not a lot of toughness. Not taking anything away from Canada. They were better.

      I think if you asked most of the US what they would do differently. They would sell say be harder to play against.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:34 PM


      • avscup - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        You said they had

      • avscup - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        You said they had highlight goals. They didn’t. They had

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        may want to go recheck there goals many but the 2 I pointed out where tape to tape no muck and grind type goals

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        kessels hat trick game all 3 of them goals coulda been on espn top 10? not worth debating but either way better team one……….. unfortunately

  6. flyerspsu - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Canada was simply the better team today and played their best game of the tournament while the USA played just OK which isnt enough against Canada

  7. laxnhockey - Feb 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    It was more than a “terrible” performance, it was downright pathetic. If Team USA had played as they did in their previous games, it would have been over after two periods. Canada got one lucky goal and in the end, that was the difference.

    • joey4id - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      Hahahahaha. If USA would have played Canada in their previous games they wouldn’t have scored as many goals as they have. If you watched today’s game and know anything about hockey, you would appreciate how well Canada executed defensively. BTW, that so called lucky goal was a set play. They executed that play exactly as it was drawn up on the whiteboard. What do you think coaches do?

      • jbink2585 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Was a good play nice redirect absolutely wasn’t a set play and Benn even indicated that postgame that he was just trying to crash net and get stick on it.

      • joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:32 AM

        So Boumester just shot the puck wide of the net and Benn just happened to be there. Right?

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:39 AM

        Going by interview bud. Im going to say the guy involved in play knows a little more than you, just saying.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Also and not to be mean but pretty common practice that when in offensive zone, and you win faceoff back to point, wings go to the net, that’s pretty much Hockey 101, not WHITEBOARD needed LOL.

      • joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        Exactly! It’s the pass off the net as opposed to the shot on net that made the difference. And that is a set play my friend. Trust me. Joey knows hockey like no one here. Been there, done that, and seen it. Lights out!

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        Yes bud I pretty familiar with your routine, def wasn’t a set play, but whatever makes you sleep better bud. Take Care.

  8. jimeejohnson - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Congratulations to Team Canada: you’re still a tad better than Team USA. But homegrown American hockey has come a long, long way in the last 20 years and it’s great to have a chance against the country that invented hockey.

    • groess - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      You are right. we used to fear Russia as our most worthy opponent, but now the USA is well deserving of that title. Don’t let anyone tell you differently, we (Canadians) were nervous heading into this one.
      Congrats USA, your hockey program has grown leaps and bounds in the last twenty years. I am sure we will meet again many more times under the same circumstances.

  9. sens101 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    At the end of the day, TJ Oshies gf is still a 12/10!

    • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      MN made

  10. imleftcoast - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    US hockey looks great, and any Canadian who says they weren’t worried this morning is lying. A lot of talent on the US side, and it’s fortunate for Canada that Price re-found his game last summer.

  11. jasminedonut - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Canada deserved the win, clearly the better team, USA play was reprehensible. Funny to see Kane crying, probably because he was invisible all tournament.

    • jasminedonut - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      And some leadership by Parise, once a Devil always a Devil, a gutless organization with gutless players.

      • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Stop embarrassing yourself

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        I guess playing the trap, forcing the opponent to the sideboards, killing the neutral zone, and having an all around great defensive game, and not completely solely focusing on the offense makes the Devils a gutless organization with gutless players. 3 cups later means they must suck then right???

        Guess that also means Canada and Finland using the exact same tactics a gutless move on the US?

        Hockey is not just about scoring a multitude of goals against certain opponents. As the US did for their games against lesser teams.

        The US has 3 tough games where their offense was almost shut down by using similar tactics that the Devils use. The Russia, Canada and Finland games were not very good by the US by any means. The game against Russia was much closer than most people want to say it was. Barely any defense by either team.

        Canada and Finland pushed the US to the outside not allowing players like Kessel to work their magic.

  12. vm113 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Kane deserves a medal for LVP. Make it out of a tuna can.

  13. mp1131211 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    He should be used to it… Wild play scared every night!

    • lordfletcher - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      How many times are you going to repeat yourself.


      • mp1131211 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM


  14. mp1131211 - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Soup of the day: American Tears. Epic…

  15. cutelittleguy02 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Not very frustrating as Russia lost to Finland. Do you think?

  16. pegster6 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Through 4 games (however you judge the competition) Team USA was far and away the better team. Scoring was widely balanced. A whole slew of offensive superstars on Canada DID NOTHING. Suter’s right: USA handed Canada the game. They did not show up with their offense when they had to and they let Canada’s defense shut them down. Yes, Canada won. Overall they looked like a mediocre superstar team in this tournament. When USA looks to 2018, they don’t need revenge on Canada; they need revenge on their 2014 selves.

    • gunner50000 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      We’ll I usually don’t respond on these sites but have to on This one. First of all, I am a proud Canadian but proud to be neighbours with a great country like the USA. Canadians hate European hockey and want the USA to do good for the most part against any European team but of course not when they play us. It is also good for the nhl for the USA do do good in international hockey but the above statement is so full of crap. Canada played every single game with passion, allowed 3 goals in 6 games, outshot the competition 246 to 138 and dominated every single game by time of possession, time of attack, shots, face offs, hitting, scoring chances and GAA. Yes the USA had more goals in the tournament but that is it. We outplayed them in every single category. Yes, you are correct, we took a great group of athletes, gave them different roles and they did as asked and we won every single game and did outplay the USA.. I am not apologizing for that but don’t like to see he hate emails. Two great countries with two great hockey programs. Your remarks about the game totally in correct. The USA came to out to play and every player except suter stated they could not match up against canada. Your team is great and should be proud of your hockey program and don’t blame them for losing the bronze. If canada lost that match, they would have been demoralized also. Be proud of your nation without trashing our athletes or success. We are proud of our players and program and proud to be neighbours with the USA

  17. nyrnashty - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Canada won 1-0, so obviously no one was really lighting it up offensively from either side and Jamie Benn of all people gets the eventual GW goal. That was one of the most boring U.S. vs. Canada games to date.

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