Five Things to watch as US plays Finland for bronze

The dejection Team USA felt on Friday afternoon was palpable: so close to upending Team Canada for a chance to play for the gold, and yet so far away.

But there isn’t much time for the American men to wallow in their misery. Patrick Kane and Team USA still have a chance to bring home some hardware, the bronze. To do it, however, they’ll have to get through Finland. So while we get ready for this final weekend of international hockey and thank God the U.S. game is at a not-so-ungodly hour (9 a.m. CT), let’s look at the Five Things to watch for in Saturday’s U.S.-Finland game.

1. Shake it off. Yes, Team USA is probably still reviewing what it could have done, should have done, in its 1-0 loss to Team Canada.

2. Get that offense clicking again. The U.S. didn’t have trouble scoring goals prior to Canada’s shutout on Friday. Phil Kessel (five goals, three assists) has been a monster. Joe Pavelski and James van Riemsdyk each have five points.

3. Prepare for Team Canada, part II. Yep, Finland will be coming with the same mantra that Team Canada did on Friday: stifle and shut down the U.S. squad.

4. It’s Selanne’s last (international) hurrah. This one’s a no-brainer.

5. Who’s our pick to click? Of course we’re going to have one. We’re going with the Blackhawks’ Kane. He has four assists thus far in the tournament; he’s more than due for a goal — or two.

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