The U.S. men’s hockey team is out of contention for a gold or bronze medal after losing, 1-0, to Canada today, but Hamden native Jonathan Quick did everything he could to keep his team in competition.
This was the U.S. team’s first loss in Sochi and the team will face Finland for bronze on Saturday.
Quick, a 28-year-old Stanley Cup winner with the Los Angeles Kings, stopped 36 shots for the U.S. team, who had trailed for just 7:19 in Sochi before Benn's goal put them in a hole they never escaped.
The scoreless first period was fast and exciting, with Quick stopping 16 Canadian shots, but Canada went ahead early in the second period.
Despite the loss, social media is filled with respect for the Connecticut native.
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Max Pacioretty, 25, of New Canaan, led the Montreal Canadiens in scoring in the 2011 to 12 and 2012 to 13 seasons, but he's now playing for the United States. He made two shots on goal.
Kevin Shattenkirk, 22, who was born in Greenwich, made one shot on goal.
Ryan Callahan, 28, is the other player with local ties. He spent the 2006 to 2007 and 2007 to 2008, playing for the Hartford Wolfpack.
“Coming into the tournament we wanted to reach the gold-medal game, and we’re not there yet,” Callahan said, according to an article by Harry Thompson, the editor of USA Hockey.