VANCOUVER -- Teemu Selanne
's farewell Olympic tournament had been a joyride until Friday afternoon. He tied and then broke the modern Olympic record for point-scoring and his Finnish team was yet again confounding all those who repeatedly overlook them when international competitions come around.
But the class-oozing 39-year-old, who scrambled back from a badly broken jaw suffered on Jan. 13 -- and surgically-reconstructed the next day) -- to return to the Anaheim Ducks
' lineup by Feb. 1, suffered as humiliating a loss as he ever has in Team USA's 6-1 obliteration of Finland in the first of two Olympic semifinals.
Just off the Canada Hockey Place ice following the final buzzer that couldn't come soon enough, Selanne was his ever-gracious self and stopped to talk with NHL.com.
This tournament began with such triumph for you personally and for Finland as a team. Can you describe your emotions to have it turn out this way?
Its obviously very disappointing, very tough. When a game is over after 12 minutes, I don't know what to say. It's frustrating and it's tough. I'm very disappointed.
This was so out of character for Finland, which never fails to battle and, win or lose, always appears to give its best effort.
Yes. I'm stunned. This has never happened in my career on the national level. I don't know what happened. You know?
Can you describe the dizzying first period, in which the Americans scored six goals within a 10:42 stretch?
The first 12 minutes, it's 6-0. You know it's over and it's going to be a long night after that.
It's very disappointing. But you know, we didn't deserve to be in the final if we played like that. We didn't deserve anything.
Can you and your teammates rebound and compete for a bronze medal?
Bronze is a huge thing. I'm going to make sure we bounce back tomorrow and give everything we have and see what happens.