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Bronze medal decided after US, Finland men's hockey game

Published On: Feb 22 2014 11:20:51 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 22 2014 06:47:54 PM CST
US, Finland bronze medal hockey game

Mark Blinch / Reuters

Finland beat the United States 5-0 in the bronze medal game at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday.

For Finland, the bronze medal is their second straight, after beating Slovakia in the bronze medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The medal is the sixth overall for the Finnish men, who have won never won gold in men's hockey, but have won silver twice.

The bronze is also the third straight Olympic men's hockey medal for Finland, which also won silver at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

The victory also gave the Finns some revenge over the Americans, who beat them 6-1 four years ago in the Olympic semifinals to advance to the gold medal game.

The U.S. lost to Canada 1-0 on Friday to send them into the bronze medal game, while the Finns dropped a 2-1 decision to Sweden.

The Americans lost their chance at playing for a gold medal in Sochi despite the outstanding play of goalie Jonathan Quick, who stopped 36 shots, but was beat by Canada's Jamie Benn for the lone goal of the game.

The U.S. has won 11 overall Olympic medals in men's hockey, including two golds, but has not won a gold since the "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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