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WATCH LIVE: United States – Finland for men’s hockey bronze

Feb 22, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT

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The United States and Finland are just coming off losses to big rivals, missing out on a chance at the gold-medal game in men’s ice hockey. They won’t have much time to lick their wounds, as they face each other for a spot on the podium on Saturday.

MEN’S HOCKEY – Bronze medal game

United States vs. Finland: 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN) – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

Both teams enjoyed their moments of offensive explosiveness in this tournament, yet when they met elite goalies in Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist and Canada’s Carey Price, they hit a brick wall. Canada blanked the United States 1-0 while the Swedes locked down the Finns 2-1 in Friday semifinal games.

Whether it’s Kari Lehtonen or Tuukka Rask, Finland’s expected to have a strong goalie in net. In the case of Saturday, Rask appears healthy enough to play. The U.S. enjoyed some fantastic goaltending from Jonathan Quick in this tournament, so it’s quite possible that this could be another tight game.

Again, though, these two teams have also shown the ability to break things wide open … so we’ll just have to see. Phil Kessel has been a standout for the U.S. while Teemu Selanne is likely entering his final international game to wrap up his sixth Olympics.

The U.S. is going for its second bronze medal and 12th Olympic men’s hockey medal overall. Finland is shooting for a fourth bronze, which would give them six.

  1. cofran2004 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Time to salvage this trip. Coming home empty handed would suck…

    • jasminedonut - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      I hope they choke, they deserve to after that terrible display of ‘hockey’ yesterday.

      • cofran2004 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        If you’re an american, you’re a terrible one. They got beat by a better team.

      • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        they deserve to choke after losing 1-0 to canada?

        some people are stupid there is no help for them.

      • jasminedonut - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        They deserved to lose yesterday’s game, no complaint, I am complaining about their effort, or lack thereof, the same ‘effort’ they are showing today.

  2. jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Am I a bad citizen/fan of USA hockey but to me it was Gold or Bust I could careless if they get Bronze.?? Is that wrong way to look at it because to me there is Gold(THE WINNERS) the rest are just rewarded losers with participation medals..

    • c9castine - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      i feel much the same but the way this tournament is set up 2nd and 3rd place do mean your better than the others….

      besides what are you going to do, not even try to win bronze? only thing worse than losing is quitting.

      • jbink2585 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        No I agree, Im not implying quitting, Im just saying bronze medal does nothing for me, bet quitting point I agree

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