With all of its talent and experience, Team Canada still couldn’t defend gold, losing 2-0 in the quarterfinals to Russia. Why? They weren’t a team.
There always will be something off-putting about the American men’s hockey team at this Olympic tournament, even with its never-say-die mentality and its surprising tenacity.
Off-putting performances and off-putting qualities ultimately will leave the most lasting impression and define this team after four straight one-goal losses, including Wednesday’s 4-3 quarterfinal loss to Finland.