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U.S. Hockey Team Blows Out Finland, Advances to Gold-Medal Game

We're not sure which of these ridiculous facts best sums up the United States' absolute and utter domination of Finland in this afternoon's 6–1 semifinal win, so we're going to give them both. Ridiculous fact No. 1: Coming into this game, Finland had allowed four goals in this entire tournament — and then allowed six in the first thirteen minutes today. And ridiculous fact No. 2: With six goals on thirteen shots, Team USA's first-period shooting percentage was higher than the current field-goal percentage of the New York Knicks, who are a basketball team. This one was over in those wild first thirteen minutes, where Finland did everything wrong: terrible goal-tending from Miikka Kiprusoff, defensive breakdowns, a pair penalties, and no real offensive pressure. The Americans, meanwhile, did everything right — from sharp passing to great patience with the puck — and will play for the gold medal Sunday afternoon. Canada (or Slovakia) is officially on notice.

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