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Team Finland vs. Team Slovakia -- Battle For The Bronze: Open Thread

Can Team Finland overcome the mistakes of their coaching staff and selection committee?  Some might say that if your country does not bother to bring their best players with them to the Olympics, they don't deserve to win.

Jussi Jokinen is watching this game from his home in Raleigh and there is no doubt in anyone's mind who is familiar with this player, that he truly deserved to be in this Olympics.

Then there is the report that goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff dictated playing terms to his coaching staff, telling them that unless he started, he would not participate in these games.   Is this how you run an Olympic program?

Can Teemu Selanne, who is the all-time leading scorer in Olympics history, help his team to overcome these obstacles?  Tuomo Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen will certainly do all they can to win bronze.

Team Slovakia put on a tremendous last ditch effort against Canada last night and is a great team in their own right.  But there was a report earlier today that Marian Gaborik was hurt and might not play this game.  If he does play, he will be less than 100%. 

Still, Zdeno Chara and company will not go quietly into the night.  It should be a good one.