Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 9
As the Olympics draw to a close, the bronze medal game was played in the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi. The penultimate game of the tournament would see Finland and the USA face off against each other to bring home a medal. Tuukka Rask was back into the net for Finland after sitting out the semifinal, and Jonathan Quick was playing for the second time in two days, after the USA’s loss to Canada yesterday.
The game started fast, with plenty of chances that would not come to fruition. In the first period, the USA were awarded a penalty shot after Timmo Kimonen threw a broken stick at Ryan Kesler, who was handling the puck down the ice. Patrick Kane would be the one to take the shot, but he’d miss, going wide right. The first period would end with no goals.
However, it would only take a little under 2 minutes for the Finns to get on the scoreboard in the second period, with a goal from Teemu Selanne, who was playing his very last Olympic game. And only 11 seconds later, Jussi Jokinen would score a second goal for Finland, giving them a 2-goal lead in less than a minute.
The USA would get on the attack in response, trying to get on the scoreboard themselves, and Kane would get a breakaway chance that could have been a goal, but a Leo Komarov slash on Kane’s stick as he was about to shoot would break it. The US were awarded another penalty shot for that slash, and Patrick Kane would take it again - and hit the crossbar with the puck, right over Rask’s shoulder. Despite keeping on the attack, led on by Kane and Ryan Kesler, the US would not score in the 2nd period, and it’d end 2-0 for the Finns.
The third period would just be about Finland getting their revenge from their loss to the USA in Vancouver, a game that ended 6-1 for the US. In Sochi, the Finns would go on to add 3 goals to their 2-0 lead against the US, scored by Juuso Hietanen, Teemu Selanne, and Olli Maatta.
The US, unfortunately, would not be able to get back into the game at all, losing their composure as the clock went on, and Finland would win, 5-0, and capture the bronze medal. They’ve medaled in the past 3 Olympics.
Tomorrow, Canada and Sweden will battle for the gold and silver medals, and the medal ceremony will take place right after. It’ll be the last event before the Olympics closing ceremony.