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LBC GameThread: USA - Finland battle for the bronze

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The Yanks and Finns clash this morning to see who leaves Sochi with a precious medal.

Phil Kessel leads the American team in scoring.
Phil Kessel leads the American team in scoring.
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Team USA will be looking to shake off yesterday's heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Canada this morning against Finland. The Finns dropped an equally tough 2-1 decision to their rival, Sweden. Despite only playing in two games before getting hurt, Florida Panthers rookie Aleksander Barkov could bring home a medal. It would be nice for him to have something to show for the knee injury which may cost him the rest of the NHL regular season. The US team has not collected back-to-back medals in the Olympics since winning silver-silver-gold in 1952, 1956, and 1960.

In Panther news, defenseman Dylan Olsen has been recalled from AHL San Antonio. The Cats are back in action on Thursday, when they host the Washington Capitals at the BB&T Center.

  • Bronze Medal Game

United States vs. Finland - Bolshoy Ice Dome 10:00 a.m. EST (NBCSN) online: nbcolympics.com

It looks like Tuukka Rask has recovered from the flu and will start today's game for Finland. Team USA is expected to roll the same lineup they used Friday against the Canadians.