As they pack up their belongings tonight with thoughts of NHL glory, there won't be any additional metal going home with them. I do want to say that I'm not here to point out the obvious in the disappointment that both the team and its fans must feel. That would be wrong on so many levels, and I feel that anyone who celebrates another person's sadness or misfortune probably needs some sort of psychological examination. After all, there are highs and lows in life at all times.
Ryan Suter had a rough outing as well. His two turnovers led to the two Finnish goals that came 11 seconds apart in the second period, so you know he's feeling a little down as well. The NHL's leader in ice-time had been having a great tournament as the anchor on that American blue line, but his two mistakes cost the Americans in a rather big way today. I feel for Ryan Suter as well, especially since I'm a defenceman.
"I took the puck after the game and gave it to him and I think it’s in his pants right now," Finnish teammate Olli Jokinen told The Winnipeg Free Press. "At least he has the medal and the puck for a memory."
If Teemu isn't interested in playing for Finland in South Korea at age 47, today's win will be one heckuva memory. Two goals, and he goes out on a high note with a win in the bronze-medal game. That's a pretty good Finnish to an Olympic career!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!