Team Finland beat team USA 5-0 this morning to win the Olympic men’s hockey bronze medal.
Teemu Selanne scored the first of his two goals to open the scoring and Finland went on to rout the United States .
After a scoreless first period that was played pretty evenly, Finland began the second by killing the remnants of an American power play. Seconds later, the ageless wonder Selanne was a step behind the American defense and finished a shot past Jonathan Quick with a near-post back-hander, a thing of beauty. Compounding the issue for the USA was that just 11 seconds later Jussi Jokinen made the game 2-0 when the USA looked lost in the neutral zone.
The Americans pushed for the remainder of the second period but were unable to score against Tuukka Rask and that stout Finnish defense and by the time the third period came, the Americans looked like they had given up. Finland poured it in getting goals from Jusso Heitanen, Selanne again and finally Olli Maatta to wrap up what was a route to win the bronze.
It is the fourth time in the last five Olympic Games since the NHL has participated that Finland comes away with an medal.
Finland lost to Sweden and the United States lost to Canada yesterday in the semi-finals, setting up the bronze medal match-up.
Tomorrow, Canada will play Sweden for the gold medal.