Olympic Three Stars: Teemu forever; Rask shuts out USA

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No. 1 Star: Teemu Selanne, Finland

Could it be anyone else? In his final Olympic appearance, Selanne begged his teammates to get over the loss to Sweden, then go out against the United States and win the bronze. They did exactly that in a 5-0 shellacking, and Selanne led the way, scoring twice.

No. 2 Star: Tuukka Rask, Finland

Rask stopped all 27 shots he faced for a shutout in the win. He had to be his best in the first, when the Americans were still pressing, but as it became clear that it wasn't going to be their day, his job got a little easier.

No. 3 Star: Olli Maatta, Finland

Maatta led all Finnish skaters in icetime with 18:18, scoring a goal and registering four shots, second-most on the team, during that time. An incredible performance for the 19-year-old, who looked like the best Penguin blueliner in the tournament.

Honorable mention: Finland got great performances from its aging core -- guys like Sami Salo, Kimmo Timonen, Olli Jokinen, and, of course, Teemu. He continued to inspire after the victory. This interview is entirely in Finnish, but even if you can't understand the words, you can understand the emotion, as a teary-eyed Selanne eventually moves the man interviewing him to tears as well. Selanne arrives at the 5:00 mark:

I wish he didn't have to go.

Dishonorable mention: Patrick Kane missed two penalty shots, but let's be honest. He was probably one of the most motivated Americans, and he shed actual tears when things came apart for his club. Others looked entirely disinterested, and in the third period, USA basically threw in the towel.

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