Team USA narrowly avoids blowing lead against Finland

via USA Hockey

For two periods, it seemed like the story would be Team USA finishing off its exhibition schedule with a head of steam. Instead, they stumbled a bit toward the exit.

After falling behind 3-0, Finland scored two goals in the third period and generated some great looks on a late power play. There were more than a few close calls, yet Jonathan Quick & Co. held on for a 3-2 victory.

Yes, it was only an exhibition game, but John Tortorella might want to consider how his team played with a lead.

The United States was pretty dominant through the first two periods, peaking with this beautiful tic-tac-toe goal.

A Derek Stepan breakaway goal ended up standing as the game-winner.

From Finland’s end, Pekka Rinne didn’t exactly demand the starting job with his work at times on Tuesday.

One of the highlights for Finland was Patrik Laine. He scored a goal and seemed to show the kind of trigger-happy, dangerous shooting instincts that Verizon Center fans have experienced with Alex Ovechkin.

Rasmus Ristolainen also looked great at times in this exhibition.

Team USA kicks off its round robin schedule with a game against Europe on Saturday. Finland kicks off its schedule with a match against Team North America on Sunday.