Team USA enjoys fruits of Finland laugher before gold medal game
VANCOUVER -- In the Olympic semifinal, Team USA gave a gold medal performance.
Certainly, the reward will be greater Sunday in the Olympic final, but the game against Finland was about as
For all the heat USA coach
Wilson has done some of his best work in the tournament with Kane. He took him off the No. 1 line with
"A gold medal would be unbelievable," Kane said after the game. "It's something you see so many athletes work so hard for. For me personally, I know I'm pretty young at 21, and I hope I'll have a couple of more opportunities. But I never really won anything big in my life. The U-18 world championships, but nothing like a Stanley Cup, and Olympic gold or a world junior. You mention the Olympics, you get one chance every four years. To do it this year in my first opportunity would be very special."
"We're very excited about the opportunity we've been given, with so many of us at a young age," defenseman
But then there was the curious case of Finnish goalie
There is no telling how the goal ultimately will affect Kiprusoff's career. (Our Finnish is sketchy, but the suspicion here is the Helsinki papers are urging him to defect.) When the brooding
To recap: At 6:22, Parise scored a power-play goal after a slick cross-crease pass by center Stastny, who finally introduced himself to the tournament. At 8:36,
At this point the Finns weren't playing a bad road game. They were playing a bad road hockey game.
"This is something you don't want to experience very many times in your career,"
The six goals tied a U.S. Olympic record for most goals in a period. Everyone checked the Olympic information system for a statement from IOC president
Wilson lifted Miller, sitting on a shutout, with 11:31 left in the third period and the score still 6-0. He inserted
After a laugher, Team USA will see Sunday if it is worthy of a weightier gold.