As soon as Canada went up 1-0, anyone watching could tell the game was over. It was only 21:41 into the game, of course, but the precedent had been set pretty early. Canada was allowing exactly zero people to get through to Carey Price in their net, and the few shots the US was able to get through to actually trouble him were handled fairly easily.
But the lack of incision by the US forwards all day, the lack of menace by the defense, and the fact that Jonathan Quick had to be excellent to only give up one in the losing effort could have all been easily avoided had the Americans been their best selves. Sure, they piled up the goals this tournament and entered this semifinal against their archrivals as the scoringest team in these Sochi games. They did it by pummeling all the Slov- countries and then drawing Ondrej Pavelec on the second day of a back-to-back. This was a one-line team almost from the start, except for some spells here and there when it was not, and Phil Kessel and Co. were effective but not overwhelming in today’s game. The rest of the team, including the so-called Meat Line, was simply butchered by the Canadian forwards and defense for 60 full minutes.