Congratulations to Russia on winning bronze after scoring 31 seconds into overtime against Sweden!
Preview for tonight's game? Maybe.
You can definitely spot younger versions of the stars in the NHL right now. Tell me who you find! (*Hint: One of them went first overall in the 2010 draft!).
Today's game will be huge! Here's why:
The U.S. is undefeated and previously beat Canada, 3-1, on December 31.
But, that's last year's news! Canada does not care if your team is undefeated as they defeated previously unbeaten Sweden, 5-2, last night. Sweden lost at the wrong time and now are looking at bronze or nothing. A team that has faced defeat is dangerous, so let's test that theory tonight!
Which team will win it all today? Who will go home empty-handed? Find out when the bronze match begins at 3:30 pm ET!
The Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. U.S. (2010 rematch!)
The Bronze Game: Sweden vs. Russia
Canada Vs. Sweden
U.S. Vs. Russia
This one was much more exciting (Canada and Sweden are great teams but this was way closer) because it featured a shootout! Shootouts against Russia are where new American heroes are born...
Storylines to consider:
U.S. vs. Russia- Miracle on Ice... again.. It seems that these two teams always like to face each other (most recent game was last year's semifinals where Russia won, 2-1)
Sweden vs. Canada- Will Sweden lose a game? Or will it continue its momentum to the gold medal game? This game is perfect for the host country to win and get another shot at gold after having a disappointing exit from the quarterfinals last year.
And with that, relegation is over, Finland will return, and Latvia will move down. Finland just seemed to be too good to not be in the tournament next year but it was weird to see them in this position. I hope to see Latvia in future tournaments because I want great things for them.
Relegation today! If Finland wins again, the series is over and they will be back next year! If Latvia wins, it will go to three games and they will get their first win!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!