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Finland forward Teemu Selanne (8) hugs one of the officials during the Bronze Medal presentation ceremony following Finland's victory over the USA in the men's Bronze Medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, February 22, 2014. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Selanne scores twice in Finland's bronze-medal romp over USA

SOCHI, Russia -- Finland's Teemu Selanne ended his record-setting Olympic career in style, scoring a pair of goals in the Finn's bronze medal-winning 5-0 romp against the U.S. at the Bolshoy Ice Dome Saturday night.

Selanne's goals were his 42nd and 43rd points in six Olympic Games, further extending his career Olympic scoring record. The opening goal by the Anaheim Ducks forward was also the turning point in a victory that gave Selanne a fourth Olympic medal. He won a silver medal in 2006, bronze medals in the 1998 and 2010 Games.

The loss was the third disappointment for Team USA in as many nights at the Bolshoy, following U.S. women's collapse against Canada in Thursday's gold medal final and Canada's 1-0 win in Friday's men's semifinal. After scoring 20 goals in tournament play heading into Friday's Team USA finishes the tournament on the wrong end of two shut outs in less than 24 hours.

The uninspired game sprung to life when Selanne surged up the left wing onto a puck knocked up the middle, then cut toward the goal, backhanding a shot past U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick with 18:33 left in the second period.

Selanne's goal hadn't even been announced when Jussi Jokinen gave the Finn's a 2-0 lead. Five minutes later the U.S. missed a prime opportunity to get back into the game when Kane fired his second penalty shot high.

Finland's Juuso Hietanen added a goal 6:10 into the third period. And then Selanne piled on with power play goal with at 9:18 that put him third in the 2014 tournament scoring standings.

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