LIVE BLOG: Team USA 6, Finland 1 (Final)
That's it for this afternoon. Remember, the gold medal game is 3 PM Eastern on Sunday. We'll see you then.
-The U.S. is 6-3-2 all time against Finland. They've outscored the Fins (41-27) in those games. Most famously, they beat the Fins 4-2 in the gold medal game on Feb. 24, 1980 at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid.
-The U.S. flag that hangs in Team USA's locker room has hung in the room of five previous American teams that have captured gold, including the 2010 World Juniors squad.
-Team USA is tied for third in goals scored (16), behind Canada and Slovakia.
-The U.S. is 4/16 on the power play. They have killed off 8/10 penalties.
-The U.S. has outscored its opponents 12-2 at even strength.
Team USA has played its way into the role of favorite after opening the tournament with four straight wins, but the 3-1 Finns pose a formidable roadblock with an eerily similar brand of hockey.
They're even playing the same cards.
"They have all the pressure," Finnish winger Teemu Selanne said of the Americans Thursday. "Nobody was counting on us to be in final four before the tournament."
That's not entirely true, of course. At least one media member
And that's exactly how it's played out to this point.
And while they're not lighting up opposition goalies, the Finns are scoring when it matters. Led by
Team USA proved with a quarterfinal win over the Swiss it can handle the sort of tight-checking, low-scoring game that this one shapes up to be. That said, the fact they got a pair of goals from