Bronze Medal Game: United States vs Finland
Saturday has only one game on the schedule as the United States and Finland battle it out for the bronze medal at 10:00 am. Both sides are coming off narrow one goal losses to their biggest rivals in the semi final round, Finland dropped a 2-1 decision to Sweden while the Americans were shutout 1-0 by Carey Price and Team Canada. If Finland didn't have bad luck they would have none at all in this tournament as they are missing almost all of their NHL level centers and now star goalie Tuukka Rask may miss the game with flu like symptoms. Rask was absent in the Finns loss to Sweden and despite Kari Lehtonen playing well they could not overcome goals by Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson as well as another strong game by Henrik Lundqvist. Even with the injuries sustained over the course of this tournament Finland is not to be taken lightly by anyone especially if Rask is able to play against the Americans as the Vezina candidate is more than capable of stealing the game just ask Russia.
The Americans steamrolled their way through everyone on their way to the semifinals against Canada, and despite Jonathan Quick standing on his head all game, they were unable to solve the strong defensive play of Canada and the stellar goaltending of Price. Phil Kessel still remains one of the top scorers at the Olympics so far and his speed gave the Canadians fits all game especially, Duncan Keith. The US will look for Kessel to kick start the offense against a surprisingly resilient Finnish side on Saturday. The Americans have to get their offense going early or they risk letting the Finns find their groove and exploit some of the weaker defense pairings in the US lineup. CBC and NBCSN will have the live TV broadcast as well as an online webcast for the 3rd place game.