Team USA had a rather easy time of it tonight against Team Finland, winning their final tune-up game 3-2, in front 15,653 fans at Verizon Center. Finland would make it interesting late in the 3rd period, but Team USA would hold on for the win.
After splitting a pair of home-and-homes with Team Canada last weekend, Team USA moved their camp to the Nation’s Capital for a few days. The brief visit included a pre-tournament tilt with Team Finland on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. Team Finland was coming off a split of home-and-homes with Team Sweden last weekend. This was the final tune-up for both teams. The Team USA introductions:
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Team USA struck fast as TJ Oshie notched a goal at 1:08 of the first period. Ryans Kessler and McDonough with the assists.
That would be all of the scoring in the first period, as Team USA took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Team USA dominated in offensive zone time, including shots on goal, faceoffs, as well as hits.
Ryan Kessler would stretch Team USA’s lead to 2-0 on a punch-in of a nice feed from Blake Wheeler at 3:37 of the middle frame.
The goal was setup by beautiful passing by Team USA for the length of the ice, all started by John Carlson deep in his own defensive zone.
Derek Stepan would stretch Team USA’s lead to 3-0 less than two minutes later on a break-away goal at 5:34 of the second period. John Carlson would get an assist.
The second period would end with Team USA leading 3-0. The stats after two periods of play:
Patrik Laine would get Team Finland on the board with a powerplay goal at 11:22 of the third period.
Jusi Jokinen would close the gap to 3-2 at the 15:27 mark of the third period on a rebound in front of the net.
Team USA would hold on for the 3-2 win.
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