Finland Routs US 5-0 For Bronze In Olympic Hockey
Teemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Games.
Selanne, a 43-year-old, six-time Olympian, and Jussi Jokinen scored 11 seconds apart early in the second period. The Finns scored three goals in the third period against a team that looked like it would rather be at home.
Finland has won four medals in the last five Olympics, more than any other nation in the NHL era.
Before the third-place match became a rout in the final period, it was a game of missed opportunities for the Americans.
Patrick Kane couldn't convert on a penalty shot in each of the first two periods for the U.S.
SOCHI SCENE: Shiffrin's No. 1 Fan
Mikaela Shiffrin isn't the only star in her family these days.
As the 18-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colo., has skyrocketed to fame during the Sochi Games, Shiffrin's grandmother has become a bit of a celebrity herself. Pauline Condron is very close to her granddaughter, which has made the 92-year-old a popular interview subject for reporters looking to paint a picture of Shiffrin's family life.
Shiffrin says her mother has taken to locking herself in her bedroom while she does telephone interviews. All the better to keep the riff-raff around the house from distracting her.
Condron, who is in good health, has said several times that Shiffrin's skiing "is keeping me alive."
"I really hope that I can grow up to be her," Shiffrin says. "Not just like her. I want to be her. She's an angel in my eyes.
"For her to be so excited about my ski racing and just to be so open about it really gives me the inspiration to do it and do it my best."
SOCHI SCENE: Gracie's Egg
Aside from her bronze medal for the team competition, Gracie Gold is taking away another special prize from the Sochi Games.
She proudly has in her possession a Faberge egg pin, a hot item at the Olympics.
The U.S. champion figure skater who finished fourth in the individual event said Saturday during a Visa function at USA House that she traded several pins during her stay in Sochi. But the only one that was untouchable was the hard-to-get Faberge pin.
When told how difficult that item is to find, the 18-year-old Gold smiled and said, "Yeah, I know. And I have got one of them."
Gold said she's made the rounds of events since the women's free skate on Saturday. She went to the U.S.-Canada men's hockey game and was planning a short trip to the mountains before the Olympics end Sunday.
"It's a matter of what to do with some down time," she said. "Just trying to enjoy the last couple of days and have some fun."