The United States men’s hockey team was shutout for the second-straight time earlier today as the Americans watched their chance for a medal in the Winter Olympics slip away.
In the space of roughly 24 hours, the USA went from playing against their top rival, Canada, for a chance in the gold medal game, to settling for a matchup against Finland for bronze and finally, being sent home from the Winter Olympics empty-handed and with a lot of unanswered questions.
Another Olympics goes by without the USA winning a gold medal in hockey (they haven’t claimed the top spot since the miracle on ice in 1980) and now many fans and analysts are trying to decide just went wrong.
Fourth place in Sochi hits home for the Nashville Predators organization as well as it was their own general manager, David Poile, who put the team together.
For a nation that waited four years for an opportunity to revenge their loss in Canada in 2010, coming up short in such a empty and sudden way is especially tough.