On Saturday, our team took the ice and got routed by Finland 5-0. Throughout the game the U.S. had plenty of chance to hike up their britches and win one for the good old U.S. of A. Instead, they folded up like a house of cards in a hurricane. Patrick Kane hit the right crossbar on a penalty shot and then later missed on a breakaway shot. Goalie Jonathan Quick who had been stellar during the games allowed 5 goals to the Fins on 21 shots. Two of the goals were in the third period on power plays due to U.S. penalties. It was obvious that the team was just not interested in the color bronze. I must say that after watching this game it was painfully obvious that our players had folded up camp and were mentally heading home. They were heading home to get ready for the NHL season to resume. They were heading back to their NHL teams and their big salaries.
|U.S. Coach Dan Bylsma|
“I think the [Canada] game took a lot out of us,” said Zombie Bylsma in a low-key postgame press conference. “Took a lot out of us emotionally.”
This comment speaks volumes to how he failed to get the team prepared for Finland. At this point they had no chance to win. They were defeated before they laced up their skates. Bylsma is a players coach and these types of coaches rarely win titles. What we need is a hard nosed take all kind of coach with nothing short of a killer instinct. A coach like this will pick players with a win at all costs attitude.
So, what is the bottom line here? It's time for our Olympic Committee to take a hard look at itself. They need to clean house and put people in place that have winning attitudes. It's time to have pride in giving everything you have for your country in whatever event you participate in. Being off of the medal stand is simply not acceptable. We have great athletes, the best training facilities and the best equipment. It is now time to instill the best attitudes in our coaches and athletes for the 2018 games in South Korea.