Team USA had gold-medal dreams after its victory over Russia in the Olympic hockey tournament. It came home with nothing after being shut out by the Canadians in the semifinals and Finland in the bronze-medal game.
On Cross Check, Mike Milbury, CSNNE.com Bruins insider Joe Haggerty and Michael Felger analyze what happened to the Americans.
Milbury: "Well I don't think there's any blame there. They got steamrolled by the best team to be put together by any organization [the eventual gold-medal winners, Canada]. Even better than the '87 World Cup team with Gretzky and Lemieux."
Haggerty: "I blame [the USA hockey heirarchy of] David Poile, Brian Burke and Ray Shero that put the team together. They scored zero goals in the two games that mattered. They went with guys like Brooks Orpik. Guys like Paul Martin. They left their two best offensive defensmen at home. The two best American-born offensive defenseman are Keith Yandle and Dustin Byfuglien and they were absolutely left at home. I had a problem with it. Bobby Ryan not being on that team? They needed goals in the second period when they had those power plays and they had no offensive defenseman to make it happen."
Felger: "I blame the coaching. I think the talent was there. You had seven 20-goal scorers. You had the second-leading scorer in the league in Phil Kessel. This was most talented US team of my lifetime. They did not play as well as there talent."