2010 Winter Olympics: Team USA Faces a Dangerous Opponent in Finland

February 26th, 2010 by Will Jefferson Leave a reply »
This is where the real games begin.

No more Norway.

No more Swiss.

No more three freebie goals courtesy of Martin Brodeur miscues.

Make no mistake, the USA faces a very tough test against Finland on Friday.

Finland were narrow runners-up in both the last Olympics and the last World Cup of Hockey.

Sweden, the team that defeated Finland in the last Olympics and the only team to defeat them so far in this Olympics, is out.

The Finns don't usually give up goals easily, and are fresh off shutting out a high-powered Czech attack.

And they can score. Teemu Selanne, the Koivu brothers, Olli Jokinen and Niklas Hagman are just a few of their offensive threats.

Most importantly, almost from top to bottom of their roster, their players play a two-way game, and they play as a team, as one cohesive unit.

That's what has made Finland so dangerous in the last three major tournaments, including this one.

No doubt, Team USA coach Ron Wilson will have studied Sweden's victory over the Finns and figured out any tricks to beating the Finns that were in the Swedish p ...

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