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USA Goes For Bronze Against Finland

05/19/2013, 8:15am EDT
By USA Hockey

U.S. Aiming For First Medal Since 2004

STOCKHOLM -- Team USA takes on Finland today at 4 p.m. (10 a.m. ET) in the bronze medal game of the 2013 IIHF Men's World Championship.

John Gibson gets the call in net today for Team USA. The 19-year-old started his first-ever game in the world championship in the preliminary round of this year's tournament against Finland back on May 8 in Helsinki and made 31 saves in a 4-1 U.S. win. Craig Smith had three goals in the contest. Gibson is third in the tournament with a .952 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average and is 3-1-0. He has started the past two games for the U.S.

Team USA has just one lineup change with Bobby Butler replacing Aaron Palushaj at forward.

The U.S. has won a bronze medal in Stockholm previously -- back in 1949. Team USA's last medal in the world championship came in 2004 when it beat Slovakia, 1-0, in a shootout in the bronze medal game.

NBC Sports Network has the game live in the United States.

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