2010 Winter Olympics: Kiprusoff Falls Apart, USA Demolishes Finland

February 26th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed in the morning.

Had Miikka Kiprusoff hit the snooze button on his alarm clock on Friday, and decided to bag in bed the rest of the day, Team Finland likely would have been much better off.

In what will be remembered as an epic failure in Finnish goal-tending history, Kiprusoff allowed four goals on seven shots in the first ten minutes of Finland's gold medal qualifying game against Team USA.

Though most of Team Finland played with nothing resembling emotion or urgency and seemed outright afraid of any physical engagement with the Americans, their doom was expedited by their goal-tender, the one player they hoped could help them repeat as Olympic hockey finalists.

A little more than two minutes into the first period, Kiprusoff came way out of his crease to play a puck sent into Finland's zone.

Though he had control of the puck, he was pressured by an onrushing forward in the form of Team USA's Phil Kessel, and hurriedly tried to pass the puck out of the zone.

Kiprusoff partly whiffed on the pass and, as a result, the puck found its way squarely on to the stick of ...

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