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Team USA Reaction After Losing To Finland

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Dustin Brown was a force for the Los Angeles Kings when they won a Stanley Cup in 2012 and won a silver with the U.S. four years ago. But apart from a sterling effort against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals, this was a difficult tournament for the Kings captain, who happened to be on the ice for the first two Finland goals. He played 26 seconds in the second period and just 1:17 in the third.

"I'm not happy about it," Brown said. "It's the coach's job to figure out the best chance to win. If that's what he thinks is ... I'm a player, he's a coach, that's how it works."

Brown was among a core of players whose experience in Vancouver was supposed to help this team avoid this kind of disappointment.

"It's definitely not a pretty sight. The score's obviously not pretty at all," Brown said. "It's hard to explain. I don't really have an answer for you, quite honestly."

Brown was asked if the U.S. quit.

"I don't think we quit," Brown insisted.

If they didn't quit, they sure did unravel, as the Finns pumped three goals by Quick in the third period, two on the power play as the frustrated Americans paraded through the penalty box.

"Yeah, we did collapse," offered U.S and Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. "We had a great first period, we were all over them, had a couple of good chances, couldn't get one by him and it ended up costing us."


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scotts0's avatar

Would it be in bad taste to say it’s the American way…no chance at gold? *#$%@& it, who cares?

Go Svierge!

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 02/22/14 at 05:21 PM ET

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