In what turned out to be a much more subdued pre-tournament game compared to the more physical contests Team USA played against Canada, the Americans earned a 3-2 victory over Finland Tuesday night. It was their final tune up before the World Cup of Hockey begins Saturday.
Ryan Kesler and T.J. Oshie both scored goals while playing alongside Max Pacioretty, giving the U.S. three threatening scoring lines instead of just two. It didn't take them long to get going either, as they scored Team USA's first goal just over a minute into the contest.
Team USA finished the pre-tournament with a 2-1 record and learned plenty about themselves over that span as they continue preparations for the tournament. The Americans will head to Toronto Wednesday to put the finishing touches on everything before the games go live on Sept. 17.
Tuesday night's contest was a bit sleepy, so there wasn't a whole lot to learn about Team USA, but there were a few points of note. The Americans pretty much dominated the first half of the game, but took their foot off the gas to close things out. It looked like both teams were just trying to get through the game without anyone getting hurt.
After the game, coach John Tortorella made what was already assumed official. Jonathan Quick will be Team USA's starter when the tournament begins Saturday against Team Europe. It's a role he'll likely retain for the duration of the World Cup.