Ryan Kesler’s ‘save’ shows that the U.S. is fighting for bronze

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No doubt about it, losing an Olympic semifinal game against Canada stings for the U.S. men’s hockey team. Those expecting a sullen, detached effort in the bronze medal game Saturday haven’t seen that so far, as they’re working hard against Finland through one period.

MEN’S HOCKEY – Bronze medal game

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The best example came during a stretch of play in which Finland somehow failed to score while the net was often empty and Jonathan Quick was frequently sprawling. Here are a few photos of that heart-stopping span …

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… With the highlight being Ryan Kesler’s blocked shot that could probably be deemed a save:

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Credit: Getty Images

The first period ended 0-0.