The United States 2014 Olympics men’s ice hockey team couldn’t score against Canada in the semifinals and now will be playing for third place and a last shot at a medal from Sochi. Watch USA vs Finland Olympics hockey online free live streaming bronze medal game on NBC early this morning, or the replay later on, to see if USA can go out on a positive note.
The US squad came into the semifinals confident against their nemesis, the Canadians, having destroyed the Czech Republic by a final score of 5-2 in the quarterfinals. All five goals in that game were scored by different players and the US offense appeared to be clicking on all cylinders.
A different story unfolded when the US squad took the ice against Canada in the semifinals on Friday from Sochi, Russia. The Canadians threw a brick wall defense up against the Americans while goaltender Carey Price turned away all 31 shots that he faced, most of which he had a clear line of sight to the puck. Canada needed just one goal to win and that’s exactly what they got.
Early in the second period, Jamie Benn stuck in the only goal of the game. It brought back painful memories of the last time these two teams faced one another and Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime to take home the Gold Medal.
Now the US men’s hockey team is going up against Finland, who also lost by a single goal in their semifinal match. Sweden took the rival Finnish team down 2-1 on a pair of goals in the second period. Finland’s lone goal came from Olli Jokinen, the first of the game early in the second period, but Sweden was quick to respond and then take the lead for good.
Playing in the consolation game is never fun, but there’s still a chance at hardware for one of these teams. It’s a lot better to go home with the lesser of all the medals than no medal at all. Just ask the Russians who were upset and eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The start time for USA vs Finland in the bronze medal 2014 Olympics hockey game is 10am EST / 7am PST. The game will be carried live over the air exclusively on NBC, so peruse your local listings to find out what channel number NBC is where you live to watch Finland vs USA HD on your TV.
Those of you without access to a TV can opt to take advantage of the 2014 Winter Olympics live streaming service that NBC is offering here. Dubbed Live Extra, this service allows you to watch Olympics online free streaming live on iPads, phones, tablets and other devices. You can also watch a USA vs Canada replay online, as well as a replay of USA vs Finland after the game is over around noon EST.