In the end, they go home with nothing: USA destroyed by Finland 5-0
It went wrong almost from the get go, when Patrick Kane missed a penalty shot in the first period. Still, it was at least 0-0 at the first intermission. From there, the wheels fell off. 1:27 into the second period, the ageless Teemu Selanne scored. Nine seconds later, Jussi Jokinen scored to give Finland a 2-0 lead. Patrick Kane then missed another penalty shot. At the second intermission, it was still 2-0 Finns. While in theory that's a doable deficit to overcome, the Americans looks listless and for the second straight game looked like they no clue how to score.
So came the third period, where Team USA simply didn't show up. Six minutes in, the Finns made it 3-0. Three minutes later Selanne scored again on the power play, and goal number five came with 6:51 left to complete the embarrassment. All the while the Americans in a do or die situation mustered a mere 5 shots on Tuukka Rask's goal, while defensively they hung Jonathan Quick out to dry again and again. There was nothing good about this performance from an American perspective. We'll see in the aftermath if we get answers on how a team with 20 goals in its first four games scored zero in their last two. We'll see if they get another chance in 2018, but that's not looking too good right now thanks to the NHL owners and executives.
On the other hand, congratulations to Finland on a well deserved bronze medal. Special congrats to Selanne, who in his sixth and presumably final Olympics wins his fourth career medal.