Both teams come off of devastating losses to their neighbors and rivals. Sweden and Canada are off to the Gold medal game. Finland and USA need to put yesterday's games behind them quickly and get focused today. The bronze medal game is still hugely important, and the difference between 3rd and 4th is massive. This is also big for the US in that it will affect the total Olympic medal count.
Let's hope the boys in red, white, and blue get back to work. Maybe score some goals, eh?
Bronze Medal Game: USA vs. Finland, 10:00 a.m. EST
All-time hockey medals: USA 2 gold, 8 silver, 1 bronze; Finland 0, 2, 3
USA's lone bronze medal came in 1936.
This is what hockey is all about. Two fierce rivals going head to head with a chance to play for Gold on the line. Sweden has already defeated its rival, Finland, and awaits the winner of USA vs. Canada.
I certainly haven't forgotten about 4 years ago, as I imagine is the case with every fan of US hockey. "Zach Parise out of a net-bound scramble, and the game is tied..." Pure elation followed by devastation. As one wise commenter on the blog stated, the effects of that game were clearly shown on the players faces. The aftermath of the final in Vancouver did not have the feel of friendly congratulations that were seen in Salt Lake City 8 years prior. Let's hope this team wants revenge as much as us fans do.
Olympic Semifinals: USA vs. Canada, Noon EST
Tv: NBC Sports
USA! USA! USA!
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Should be a good one as two medal favorites face off - USA vs the host Russians. Datsyuk is not playing at 100% for Russia, but of course they still have a ton of scoring talent on the team.
USA vs. Russia - 7:30 EST, NBCSN
For anyone in Chicago, the Michigan bar "Diag" is open for the game.
USA! USA! USA!
We really need some points from this match. Quite the weather for the match in Colorado... Go Yanks!
I have a present for those of you who would like to watch the Opening Ceremonies live. And by live I mean 'as it happens live', not 'NBC making us watch 5 hours later to boost their primetime ratings live'. Below is a link to a stream of BBC ONE, which is broadcasting the Opening Ceremonies over in jolly ole England.
Festivities officially start at 4 PM Eastern/1 PM Pacific
If the link fails, try firstrowsports, wiziwig, or just try searching for 'free bbc one streaming'.
Go Team USA!
And fuck you NBC.
International Friendly in France.
Available on ESPN3