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Quick rips American performance following bronze medal flop

Feb 22, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

JonathanQuick AP

Jonathan Quick wasn’t buying into the notion it was difficult for the U.S. to play today’s bronze medal game after a tough semifinal loss to Canada.

“It shouldn’t be too hard,” he said, per PHT’s Jason Brough. “We do that all year long. We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long.

“There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.”

Quick, brilliant against the Canadians on Friday in stopping 36 of 37 shots, was hung out to dry on a number of occasions against the Finns. Two goals in the third period came on the power play and the Americans failed to give their goalie any run support over the final two games of the tournament, going scoreless after racking up 20 goals in their first four contests.

Needless to say, Quick wasn’t happy — though he made it clear he wasn’t happy with his own effort, either.

“My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well,” he said. “Team effort. We weren’t good.”

  1. joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Q, you can borrow some of the following to describe USA’s performance; ugly, pathetic, disgraceful, cowardly, disgusting, gutless, disappointing, and unprofessional

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

      friend … please refrain from using words like ” ugly, pathetic, disgraceful, cowardly, disgusting, gutless, disappointing” in an article about ‘our man’ Quick and America … comrade Blomfeld

      • joey4id - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM

        Hola! Comrade! Unfortunately for Quick he was one of very few, if not the only one who showed up with the intent to win bronze.

        Cheers, heir blomfeld

  2. imgoingtowichita - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Good on him to own up to his part as well as call out those that quit. Wish he would have named names but anyone that watched could point them out (Patrick)

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      well said friend …

  3. crazemastercraze - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    He should be use to getting scored on and getting shut out, just like the team that signs his pay checks. He’ll be right at home and back to business back in LA.

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I’m sorry Crazemaster about your illness … may it be that a cure is found soon and God speed to you …

  4. patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    As much as I like Quick, and his comments might be spot on, Finland played well today and deserves credit. It’s possible he credited Finland off-camera; so, I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  5. 950003cups - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Bylsma didn’t have Malkin, Crosby, and Fleury to make his peewee league coaching look good.

    Parise? Nothing! Captain Ugotz! Those last two performances were utter JOKES! It’s the biggest dream an American player has. An Olympic gold! But they just didn’t show up. When the going got tough, the team pack up and left. Several players were great despite not scoring. Kane, Kesler, Callahan, Shattenkirk, JVR, and Orpik. The rest were not brutal, but they were just lackadaisical after the first period of the last two games.

    • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      oh so now Fluery makes Byslma looks good? thats a new story line for sure I haven’t heard anything like that in the last few years.

      I think your wrong. it not the biggest dream and american player has and thats the difference.

      Canadian players dream of Stanley Cups and Olympic Golds…its a much more national goal.

      American players dream of stanley cups. thats it. I grew up playing the game with a lot of friends that played the game.

      When we were in the driveway or on the ice as little kids playing make believe…we all turned into mario lemieux, jaromir jagr, paul coffey, ron francis, larry murphy, ulf samuelsson, tom borasso, guys from all over the world…and we won a Stanley Cup.

      big culture difference in comparison to canada, sweden, and finland.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      I’m a Pens fan, but got to admit this coaching job looked a lot like last season’s playoffs for Bylsma – high-flying, high-scoring through the first few rounds, and then you run into a team who understands defense, and – NOTHING. Complete face-plant.

  6. nflfan4now - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Quick didn;t have a good game today, but he had an excellent tournament. I blame the coach for playing him today, 3 games in 4 days was too much! bad coaching, uninspired team due to it – he blew it!

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM


      Friends, it’s been ‘some’ hours since this ‘heart-breaking’ loss and yet only ‘now’ is the truth starting to become clear to me. This freak ‘Bylsma’ completely ruined our enterprise and he showed himself to be a ‘Judas’ in the process ! I have to admit that I didn’t even know who the idiot was two weeks ago ? But now however, everything is starting to make sense and there will be ‘the devil to pay’ … trust me. How in the hell do you play the captain of the ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings for a few ‘paltry’ minutes in the most important game of the tournament ? How in the hell do you let a ‘valiant’ Conn Smythe trophy winner get peppered with pucks like some turkey shoot in Kansas ? The bottom line is that Bylsma must now ‘pay’ for what he’s done and God willing he will !

      • sportsfan69 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        That’s Amercican church scene in the Red Republican Deep South. Tea party’s finest hour.

  7. slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    first off ….now the AMERICAN taxpayers get stuck paying off the two cases of beer bet …plus shippnig. just maybe WE aren’t as good as we think we are ? or , maybe whoever picked out the team used poor judgment as to who should play for TEAM USA ? seems as though there some really good puck moving AMERICAN born defensmen that were deemed not good enough for this team…. or not ? some of the superstar players (P.K.) showed that they are just maybe ,not as much of a force as their idolizers make them out to be ! as the CHI-TOWN CUBS say………. wait ’til next year ( or next time

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      I’m not so worried about the two cases of beer. Its the “loser keeps Bieber” bet that has me concerned.

      • slysipops - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        i wonder what ever came about with the petition to deport him? although OBAMA is a wannabee rockstar.

    • blomfeld - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      You tell ’em brother !!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • sportsfan69 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Keep the Faith in God and donate to the Tea/Republican Party for the Billionaires club and will save you. The 1%’s need to buy more houses and have you serve them (making min. wage) at their lavish/decandent (taxpayer funded) parties. History repeating itself, kind of looks like Dr. Gobbels preaching all over again with middle class and poor in America’s deep south.

  8. uscthom78 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    JQ playing the blame game. Maybe those players rather play for Ryan Miller. JQ couldn’t rely on those tricks for this game. Its karma. I better not see you or your teammate Brown at the next winter olympics.

    • sirclinksalot - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Seriously? Again with the Ryan Miller thing? How is it possible for Miller to do ANY better when the team didn’t score any goals the last 2 games? Quick gave the US the best chance to win. PERIOD.

      • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        God bless you friend …

    • kingsfan93 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      USCTHOM78 – JQ can play the blame game all he wants because he did take responsibility for himself, too. But JQ is right though that the team in front of him should of showed up for the game. JQ has carried this team on his back throughout the tournament. So that is the least what they could of done for him.

      And STOP with this Ryan Miller b.s.. He is a good goalie, but NOT as great as J. Quick. Plus, it wouldn’t matter who you have in net for whatever game vs Can. or vs Fin. that all it takes is one goal to win it. So when the team not scoring, what you expect?

      You could also bet your bottom dollar that J. Quick, if not D. Brown, too, will be on team USA for the Olympics. If you don’t like it, then turn your TV off.

      You must be a bandwagon NHL fan.

      • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        God bless you friend …

  9. channelguy - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    The U.S. showed up against Canada. They were just ground down, beaten by a better team, in a game where the score didn’t indicate the balance of play. It’s not really fair to criticize their effort in that one.

    The U.S. didn’t show up for the Bronze game, but Canada never does either when it has to play it. When a team shows up at the Olympics expecting to win Gold, and fails to get to that game, its hard to put the same effort out in a consolation game. Finland, which always medals, but never gets Gold, is happy to play for the Bronze.

    • grocerystick101 - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I think Finland had just as much of an expectation of winning gold as the US, at least in their own minds. and if Rask had played the semifinal, maybe they would be playing for gold tomorrow.

      Point is, you go out and represent your country by putting forth a 60 minute effort regardless of what your expectations were at the beginning of the tournament. Finland did that today, the US did not.

  10. slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    last week some posters were yaking about us all getting over the MIRACLE ON ICE TEAM…… at least those guys played with their HEARTS ….NOT THEIR WALLETS !

  11. elguapo12 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Microcosm for Burke’s impact on NHL franchises.

    • steerwiththerear58 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      Right? I guess we could have used a little more offense. Bobby Ryan cough, cough.

  12. beergold - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    The Bronze medal hockey game for Canada or USA is about as important as ………………well nothing.

    Not a single person I know in Canada gives a rats azz about getting a bronze medal in hockey and I suspect with the level of players now representing the USA I believe that they feel very much the same.

    It’s Gold or go home….the way it should be!

    • steerwiththerear58 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      So losing 2 games is better than losing 1? When you have your country’s jersey on, you should be trying your best. This isn’t the SC playoffs and winning a bronze is better than nothing.

      • beergold - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Winning a bronze is better than nothing… Canada it is Gold or nothing and American players are good enough to feel the same way. Ask ANY Canadian (player or fan) what winning a bronze means to them. You will get that “stupid question” look every time!

  13. jjholeinwall - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Don’t forget that u received Justin Beiber as part of the bet!!! Just saying

    • ydkjs2 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Please don’t rub that in.

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Death to Bieber ?

      • slysipops - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        reports are that AIRFORCE ONE will leave for CANADA tonight with OBAMA , 2 cases of beer ( dreweys ) and BIEBER………………..let’s all hope and pray they come home with just the pilot …co pilot and crew …………..!!!

  14. shutyourfivehole - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    As a Sharks fan, I am used to this feeling.

  15. angrytwitterguy - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    “not piss a drop”
    Now that’s a hell of a quote

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Give Quick credit, though, for not dropping the f-bomb three times as he did while being interviewed on live TV after the LA Kings’ Stanley Cup final.

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      God bless you friend …

  16. steerwiththerear58 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    I was a huge fan of starting Miller coming into these games. I thought he would be a bit better (and yes I’m a Sabres fan). After seeing Quick play the whole tourney, I know Miller couldn’t have done any better. The goalies can’t score folks. Jonathan played admirably, and though he had a little trouble today, he was left out to dry. Kaner, Brown, Suter, Oshie, McDonagh and others had piss poor games today. I have a huge respect for the way Quick has handled himself these games, the way Miller accepted his role and helped Quick study film. If the entire team was like our goaltending tandem we’d be coming home with a medal. Good job JQ.

    • blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      God bless you friend …

  17. bsaures - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    This game showed alot of American players true colours

    Kessel can score alot….when hes playing against a team of AHL players from a minor hockey nation. Against the best he once again looks invisible.

    Brown has the gall to complain about icetime….after getting scored on twice in less than 5 mins

    Quick looks extremely average when the D arent playing lights out in front of him.

    Dan Bylsma has been coasting off of Crosby and MAlkins performances and is not a good coach the only right decision he made was benching Brown

    • blomfeld - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      “Invite the infidel to the River Jordan and there where the current is strongest, push him in so that he may drown like the rat he is” … Cornelius 15:6

      • sportsfan69 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Blomfeld conrade,

        I believe brother. LMAO! Sad part is this is a reality in the Republican Red States in the deep south.

      • blomfeld - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Demons … come ‘out’ from that man !!! :)

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