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Finland vs. United States - 02-26-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-There were no expectations for the United States entering this tournament. They had a nice team with a nice group of players. But they weren't a sexy pick. Canada and Russia were the favorites. Some even felt the United States would be lucky to have a chance of beating Finland or Sweden for the bronze.

-Amazing how things have changed over the course of the week. No team has looked better game-in and game out this tournament. They have not had a hiccup, even in their tight win against Canada. They have looked composed and in control ever since they dropped the puck last week against Switzerland. Today's 6-1 drubbing of Finland might've been their best game yet.

-This team has Brian Burke's stamp all over it. They're aggressive. They go after opponents in the high traffic areas. They battle for loose pucks. And they go to the net. If fighting was allowed, we bet the Americans would lead in that statistic.

-Everyone has bought into the team concept as well. Jack Johnson is trying to block shots late in a blow out despite the risk of injury. When you see that, you know the committment is there.

-Patrick Kane (above) had by far his best game of the tournament. He skated with urgency and attacked the offensive zone and recorded two goals. His improved play was a big part of this rout.

-Paul Stastny also quietly had a improved game. He had not contributed a great deal to the United States until today when he had a goal and an assist.

-Ryan Malone's playing time had dipped a bit over the past few games. He rebounded today and recorded a goal and an assist.

-Ryan Suter didn't record any points, but he impressed us quite a bit. He led all United States skaters with 19:23 of ice time and played well in all three zones. He is a very complete player.

-Brian Rafalski continues to show he's still a legit player. He ended up with two assists.

-Ryan Miller was hardly tested, but he perfect.

-The FInns, most notably, Miikka Kiprusoff, were just not prepared for the United States attack right from the start. Kiprusoff's performance is baffling considering how well he played against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

-Shots ended up being tied, 25-25. It should be noted the United States really let up after scoring all of their goals in the first period.

-Kane led the game with five shots.

-Sami Salo, Jere Lehtinen, NIklas Hagman and Olli Jokinen each had three for Finland.

-Kimmo Timonen led the game with 23:25 of ice time.

-Dejan Kovacevic is rounding up postgame quotes.

-Game summary.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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