Following their emotional loss to Canada in the Olympic semifinal round, the U.S. hockey team laid another egg in the bronze medal game, losing to Finland 5-0. Leading the way for Finland was 43-year-old Teemu Selanne, who was first selected in the NHL Entry Draft before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Competing in his sixth Olympics, Selanne scored twice for Finland in the win. Those two goals brought his record lifetime total for Olympic goals scored to 43, one for each year.
No matter what country you're from or NHL team you like, you respect Teemu Selanne. He's a living legend. pic.twitter.com/LXV7jo7HK9— Hockey Lifestyle (@HKYLifestyle) February 22, 2014
After a storied career, Selanne will retire at the end of the NHL season.
Despite the score, the game wasn't a blowout from the start; the Finns scored two goals in rapid succession in the second period to break the game open. They piled on three more goals in the third period.
Meanwhile, the previously offense-happy Americans ended their Olympic run on a sour note, failing to score a goal in two consecutive games. They squandered a chance to win their first medals in consecutive Olympics since the Eisenhower administration.