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Americans blast Finland, punch ticket to Gold Medal Game…

The Americans did all their scoring in the first period.

It’s all the scoring they’d need.

Team USA scored six goals in the first period en route to a 6-1 win over Finland on Friday afternoon. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks scored twice and four other players bagged goals as the Americans put Finland in the Bronze Medal Game even before the 1st intermission.

The Nashville Predators’ own Ryan Suter didn’t register a point but did finish the game with two shot, a plus-2 rating and 19:23 of ice time, good for second among the American skaters.

Suter leads Team USA in total ice time (105:31) and plus/minus rating (+8).

Team USA will play the winner of tonight’s Canada and Slovakia semifinal game.