Feb. 21, 2014
SOCHI, Russia -- Jonathan Quick made 36 saves but the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team fell to Canada, 1-0, in the semifinals of the Olympic Winter Games. Team USA will play Finland for the bronze medal tomorrow (Feb. 22) at 9 a.m. CT.
"There's huge disappointment with not being able to come up with the victory in this game but it has to be put behind us, we have much to play for," said Dan Bylsma, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. "We want to come home with a bronze medal. After we put this loss behind us we'll be back to do that."
Quick stood tall in the scoreless first period with 16 saves, including three on quality chances during a Canadian power play. The U.S. tested Canada's Carey Price with 11 shots.
Canada scored the game's only goal 1:41 into the second period when Jamie Benn redirected a hard diagonal pass from Jay Bouwmeester into the net.
Team USA was unable to capitalize on a pair of power plays in the middle frame. Zach Parise had the best U.S. opportunity, but his redirection at the edge of the crease was kicked away.
Five minutes into the third period, James van Riemsdyk's sharp-angle shot below the right circle was shut down by Price.
In the final minute of play, Wisconsin alum Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis.) had a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot that was denied.
Former Badger defenseman Ryan Suter played a game-high 26:11, and another former Badger defenseman Ryan McDonagh, also played stellar defense to keep Team USA in the game. Wisconsin's fourth Olympian, Derek Stepan, was not in the lineup.
The U.S. plays Finland in the bronze-medal game tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 22). NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game live at 9 a.m. CT. All-time in the Olympics, Team USA is 7-0-0-3-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) vs. Finland. They have never met in the bronze-medal game.
NOTES: For today's box score, plus video highlights and photos, click here ... Joe Pavelski had a multi-game point streak end ... former Badger Tony Granato, assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, serves as assistant coaches