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2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Hockey: Round-Up

February 22nd, 2014 at 6:06 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

On Saturday February 22 the United States and Finland played to compete for the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Finland beat the United States 5-0, taking home the bronze medal.

Despite Los Angeles Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick, being beaten five times on 29 shots, it was the rest of the United States team that just couldn’t manage to get a goal a goal past Finland’s net. They had a couple of really great chances especially at the beginning and when Patrick Kane got two penalty shots, but they could not solve how to get past Tuuka Rask. Quick’s phenomenal efforts to stop the pucks he did had no reflection on the score because the team’s game was the real struggle.

Quick truly led the team throughout the tournament and after being third-string the last Olympics, starting in these Olympics, he completely stole the show and showed the world what he is made of. The Kings and their fans have immense pride in their goaltender and he proved why throughout the tournament.

Quick told Jason Brough of NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk after the loss, “We’re professionals. We play back-to-backs all year long. There’s no reason we show up and not piss a drop.” He added about his own game, “My job is to stop the puck, and I didn’t do that very well. Team effort. We weren’t good.”

The United States team took home the silver medal four years ago in Vancouver during the overtime loss against Canada, but this year they couldn’t gain back-to-back medals. The last time the United States team won back-to-back Olympic medals in men’s hockey was 1956 and 1960.

Quick stopped 132 pucks in total in the tournament. Brown scored two goals and an assist.

On Sunday, February 23 Canada and Sweden will face-off for the gold medal game at 4:00 am.

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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