"When I see a game like this, it takes me back to 1992, my experience in the bronze-medal game against the Czechs," said Hedican, who won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. "We lost against the [Unified Team] the night before, kind of the same scenario that the U.S. is in less than 24 hours later, you're out there to try and win the bronze.
"Reflecting now, it's the one thing in my career I look back and say, 'Boy, I really wish I had that." And I wish I had a bronze medal that I could reflect and, when I'm sitting at home and I've got my grandson someday or my granddaughter on my lap, I can say, hey, I was a bronze medalist in the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, or wherever."
Four years ago, the Americans understood the paradoxical weight of an Olympic silver after losing the gold medal on Sidney Crosby's golden goal. On Saturday, they felt only the more uncomfortable weight of unfulfilled expectations.