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Ryan Kesler’s ‘save’ shows that the U.S. is fighting for bronze

Feb 22, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

No doubt about it, losing an Olympic semifinal game against Canada stings for the U.S. men’s hockey team. Those expecting a sullen, detached effort in the bronze medal game Saturday haven’t seen that so far, as they’re working hard against Finland through one period.

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The best example came during a stretch of play in which Finland somehow failed to score while the net was often empty and Jonathan Quick was frequently sprawling. Here are a few photos of that heart-stopping span …

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Credit: Getty Images

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Credit: Getty Images

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Credit: Getty Images

… With the highlight being Ryan Kesler‘s blocked shot that could probably be deemed a save:

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Credit: Getty Images

The first period ended 0-0.

  1. angrytwitterguy - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    People saying that the US deserves sliver yesterday made me laugh. No they didn’t, medals are earned, and it’s looking like they’re not worthy of bronze either.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Agreed. There’s no “deserves” in sports.

      You win or you don’t.

      The end.

      -USA fan

  2. buckeye044 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    When the US roster was announced, many were worried about the lack of scoring threats. It wasn’t an issue early in the tournament but against real goaltending these last two games it’s proven to be a big problem.

    • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      thats about as general an analysis as you can get so thanks for that we are all so enlightened.

      I’m pretty sure all the teams have real goaltenders, ask Canada. I’m also pretty sure Russia has the reigning Vezina winner.

      • Moop - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Bobrovsky has one really good, shortened season under his belt. He’s not a proven elite goaltender.

  3. nflfan4now - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Quick doesn’t look too sharp today either, between his sprawling around and where the heck was he on the 2nd goal, way too far out of the net.
    He’s had a very good tournament but probably needed a rest today with 3 games in 4 days.

    • nflfan4now - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      and I am sick of hearing the announcers say there ‘was nothing quick could do’ after each goal. Yes there was, he could be in proper position! Once again on the 5th goal he was way too far out of the crease.
      But again, he’s tired, he shouldn’t have been in goal today – not his fault!! Coaching!!!

  4. tfilarski - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    might want to update this headline

  5. sens101 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Really? They look disinterested IMO. They need more heart and leadership. It’s not the gold medal game, but your still representing hour country!

  6. sens101 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Really? They look disinterested IMO. They need more heart and leadership. It’s not the gold medal game, but your still representing your country!

  7. joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Mr. Burke, somewhere right now Bobby Ryan is wondering how you spell intensity? :-)

  8. vgraziano - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Why do you not give Miller a go in net if not after 2-0 at least after the third??? Quick obviously not on his top game today, not that all the goals on him, and with each goal you can see how the US bench just getting more deflated…I don’t think one game for Miller is doin right by him, especially how this game is going

    • nflfan4now - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Maybe he told the coach not to bother him, knowing how the rest of this game was going to go.

    • imgoingtowichita - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      “Please no, let me go back to Buffalo” (a phrase never spoken before)

      That was unfair how they hung Quick out to dry for the most part. Granted he could have remained in the paint but it clearly isn’t his style and credit the Finns for taking advantage.

  9. canada2014gold - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    That’s great to see if your an American fan. One thing I’m always dissapointed in with Canada is they always mail it in when they are going for bronze

    • spezzdispenser - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      What do you say now?

  10. slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    some of the hot shot superstars showed their real colors during all of these games! they just looked average without their usual support players from their NHL teams ! at least KANE didn’t put on his superman cape and glasses to miss on the penalty shot against CANADA ! sometimes in a fishbowl series like this, the performance is not what all the hotdogs are expected to do .

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