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U.S. players ‘embarrassed’ after blowout loss

Feb 22, 2014, 1:08 PM EST

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 22: Zach Parise #9 of the United States looks on in the third period against Finland during the Men's Ice Hockey Bronze Medal Game on Day 15 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

After losing 1-0 against Canada, the Americans still wanted to bring at least something back home with them. They just simply couldn’t.

Finland handed them a crushing 5-0 loss in the bronze medal game and left the U.S. players in no mood to sugarcoat things after an Olympics that started with such promise and ended so badly.

“I’m not proud at all right now,” American forward Max Pacioretty told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejan Kovacevic. “I don’t think anyone is. We were playing for a medal and didn’t show up.”

That’s a sentiment his teammates certainly seem to agree with.

“Disappointed,” Parise said. “A little embarrassing with what was on the line for is the last two days and not play well.”

The game certainly didn’t start terribly for the Americans. They out-shot Finland in the first period, but Parise confessed that they started to get frustrated after Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen opened the contest up with goals just 11 seconds apart. As the game progressed and the United States’ chances of winning a medal diminished, that frustration only built until the team collapsed entirely.

There’s plenty of blame to go around, but obviously you can’t win if you don’t score. America had 20 goals in their first four Olympic games before being shutout of back-to-back contests. Parise’s assessment of why they dried up offensively was blunt.

“We played better teams,” Parise told Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski.

The sting from this end will linger for a while. Perhaps it’s good that the United States has four years before it needs to bounce back.

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  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Parise’s assessment of why they dried up offensively was blunt. “We played better teams,” Parise told Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski.

    I don’t know if they’re globally better teams; but, they were the better teams in both games. Canada and Finland knew how to shut down Team USA. It happens.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      CANADA 100 percent agree no question. Im not on the Finland loss they players quit and dint show up today once Kane hit post on 2nd PS they were already on there flight home mentally.

  2. jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Hate kicking a team when down, but they should be embarrassed, not even that they lost just the manor they lost. I totally sympathize with them they lost to a better team in Canada yesterday in a 1-0 battle which was draining and hugely disappointing. The short turnaround to try to salvage the trip with a bronze medal I knew would be daunting task and didn’t expect much, but fellas 5-0. I understand it wasn’t the color of the medal you want and it a glorified participation medal, but play for each other and logo on your chest.

  3. joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Cap, boys, you too can borrow some of the following to describe your team’s performance; ugly, pathetic, disgraceful, cowardly, disgusting, gutless, disappointing, and unprofessional

    • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      HOLY SH** WE AGREE/LOL

      • thomasvanek - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Me and Joey don’t agree much either, but in this instance he is right.

    • 950003cups - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      You forgot Lazy, comical, appalling, attrocious, deplorable, grim, unspeakable, gruesome, abhorrent, ghastly, and last but surely not least… BUSH LEAGUE

    • badgerhockey77 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      I’ve got a great idea! How about…NO ONE who was on the ice against Finland should EVER be allowed to play for USA again! Extreme perhaps. But, that would warn future USA players that tanking a game in the Olympics is not acceptable. No shame in losing to Finland. They are a great team with a proven olympic track record. But, to flat out QUIT is disgraceful. Quitters should not be allowed to represent their country in the Olympics.

  4. 950003cups - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    What a joke. Parise can include himself in the group of guys who didn’t show up.
    “We played better teams”… Right, the Slovania “Red Army” was the hands down favorite to win it all. As they are every year.
    Sell that garbage in Minnesota, where they kinda have to pretend to believe you.

    And Bylsma? Nobody is calling him out?

    • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Because Coaches don’t play game, Bylsma made adjustments mixed lines, benched players shook things up, what else can he do? Play for them, everyone always wants to blame someone, sometimes the players just don’t perform like today, or sometimes which is hard to admit when its against your team but teams are just better(CANADA)

  5. mattypbillsmafia - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I know we shouldn’t be blaming the coach after the fact, but c’mon. Have you ever seen a bench more full of uninspired guys? I get that losing yesterday was a let down, but at least come back with that American chip on your shoulders, win the bronze and say “Yea, great, it’s a bronze, we don’t want bronze or silver, we want the Gold”. Now they look like the wuss down the street that after he gets scored on, takes his net and puck and goes home. Bylsma shouldn’t really have had to fire this team up, but after looking around the locker room he should’ve realized that was needed. Making Parise captain, I think was a mistake. Should’ve put the “C” on Suter, Backes, Callahan… Just someone else. This was a total embarrassment, and while I don’t agree with Kane taking that slash late in the third, I totally understand his frustration.

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

      Stop trying to point blame sometime there are no other reason then you played a better team, or just had a bad day. Byslma hard to motivate a group that basically just lost there game 7 of the Stanley cup final yesterday and then you have to go play a consolation less than 24 hours later good luck with that. Team wasn’t there today, its that cut and dry you want to hang that on coach be my guest seems foolish.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        IM FLYERS FAN BTW SO ID LOVE TO BLAME COACH AT ANY COST IF I COULD, DIIDNT MATTER WHO COACH WAS TODAY TEAM WASNT THERE AND IMO NO 1 WOULD GET THEM TO BE THERE

    • paulievegas - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Suter should never be allowed to captain Team USA. Of all the players who didn’t show up today, he was one of the most obvious. He and McDonough were the defensive pairing on the ice when Finland scored their second period goals, and their effort was pretty poor.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        He wasn’t captain PARISE WAS

  6. mornelithe - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Looks like I’m not the only one who stopped caring after the loss to Canada.

    • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      No I agree if you go into and earlier thread I said same thing, my end all be all was yesterday and todays outcome was insignificant to me bc there are the winners(GOLD) the other 2 medals are basically participation medals, I just jumped on bc I was surprised people trying to blame coach.

      • mornelithe - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

        Oh no, I was referring to Team USA’s effort in the Bronze medal game, it wasn’t a criticism of any posters. I simply just stopped caring after the loss to Canada, then again, I root for the home team more than I care about any particular sport.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        No def im with after yesterday game my attention was on my flyers and stretch run for Playoffs bronze medal does little for me.

  7. heynyc61 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    I’m very disappointed. They let themselves and the fans down. Now let’s get back to the nhl

  8. mattypbillsmafia - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I’m not putting all the blame on Byslma, there’s enough to go around.

  9. slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    first off ….now the AMERICAN taxpayers get stuck paying off the two cases of beer bet …plus shipping. 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

    • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      This post super confusing? Is the (PK) referring to subban because if so hes a Canadien why would he be mentioned in American team chat?

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        I think sly meant Patrick Kane.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Thanks Buddy now I see.

      • slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        YES PAT KANE

  10. uscthom78 - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    other salient points:

    1. The US didn’t play their best goaltender. They needed to started Ryan Miller.
    2. The US needed more goal scorers. They don’t need headhunting divers. They should have added Bobby Ryan, NOT Dustin Brown.

  11. jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    1.) QUICK better career numbers, Cup winner and Conn Smythe. Better goalie def played.
    2.) Totally Agree Ryan Omission was head scratching to say least.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Quick has been known not to play so well in a game played a day after another one. In this case, the game was played less than 24 hours later.

      I agree – he’s the better goalie; however, given Quick’s history, I’m not surprised the team lost. I’ve been writing in posts that Finland is a good team and played well. I don’t know if substituting Miller for Quick would have made a difference. It’s useless to speculate.

  12. slysipops - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:19 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 !

  13. iammrbinky - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Very disappointed but not at all surprised. The lack of good scoring chances, rebounds and the occasional lucky bounce of the puck drying up took it’s toll as the game wore on. Kane hitting the post on the PS started the unraveling.

  14. Wineshard - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I know pros only care about the ultimate goal in the NHL – The Cup.

    However, at the Olympics the manner in which you compete is important. That is the one major downside for including pros at the Olympics – they don’t get that.

  15. rpiotr01 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    They choked worse than the women’s team. USA hockey should be embarrassed all around.

    • bigoldorcafromvan - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      you should be embarrassed in what you just posted. The USA womens team played with heart and desire in what the men should have tried.. The women left it all on the ice yesterday. Yes I am a Canadian but the US womens team played probably the best game of their careers. Too bad the Men didn.t show up.

  16. nhstateline - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Put simply: they weren’t good enough. The third period was disgraceful but the rest of the game wasn’t about effort, it was about talent and luck. You can blame the players for the third. The rest of it, look at the people who picked the team and see if there was much better talent they could have picked. Really the only changes I would have made were Yandle for Orpik and Wheeler for a bag of donuts (but more likely Ryan). Never understood why Wheeler was on the team before or during the tournament. And that lack of understanding was borne out by Wheeler’s lack of playing time and performance. Any of the rest of it is debatable. USA Hockey got to the most elite level and found out our country is on the fringe not quite in it yet. That’s the lesson, they have to keep developing a deeper talent pool more than anything else. These players could have opted out but they all went. I’m still saying thanks to them for doing it.

  17. nhstateline - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Face it: they just weren’t good enough. End of story. Maybe they put the wrong guys on the team, maybe other countries have better talent. I’m still happy all these guys, who didn’t have to go, went and got as far as they did.

  18. capsfan14 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    “We played better teams”.
    The fact that you lost 5-0 determined that was a lie.

  19. therealjr - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    They should be embarrassed. I’m embarrassed for them. F-ing Latvia put up more of a fight than this team, and with the Bronze medal on the line no less.

  20. slaugin - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Anyone putting the blame on Quick is out of their minds. He heldCanada to 1 goal and was left out to dry against Finland.

  21. dook517 - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I’d rather see college players in the Olympics. Showcase some up and coming talent. After Tavares’ injury (although on Team Canada but a fellow NHLer) I wonder how much the desire to avoid injury played a role in their performance. But on the other hand, it didn’t appear to affect Selanne and his fellow NHLer Finns.

  22. sportsfan69 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    It’s a sad week for American hockey. We can win World Juniors, two out of the last 4 years. But, our professional players (NHLer’s) laid an egg when it really counts. This generation of American NHL’ers are less than to be desired. In the mid-ninety’s, American group lead by Brian Leetch won the World Championships. This squad’s best, is only a silver medal. That sucks!

  23. Idaslapter - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Suter sucked as usual. The most overrated and over paid.player player on the ice.

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