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You look at some of those players on our roster, there are some pretty good skilled players and we just simply did not do enough offensively and we self-inflicted quite a bit in two games.Matt Duchene scored twice and Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal for Canada, which got 34 saves from Carey Price. U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots, keeping the game from becoming even more of a blowout.Ryan McDonagh and T.J Oshie scored for the U.S., which ended Prices shutout streak at 228:41.U.S. general manager Dean Lombardi said in June that his goal was to build a team that could beat Canada. The American roster, heavy on size and grit and light on speed and skill, was widely panned when it was announced, and it took more hits as the U.S. flamed out of the World Cup.Tortorella said hes still waiting for the U.S. to generate some offense. Among those left off the roster were forwards Phil Kessel, Paul Stastny and Kyle Okposo, and defensemen Justin Faulk and Kevin Shattenkirk.Minutes after the game went final, Kessel tweeted : Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldnt put my finger on it. It was just his third tweet in the past year, one of which was a picture of him raising the Stanley Cup.Captain Joe Pavelski said everyone picked for the team deserved to be there.This loss dropped the U.S. to 1-5 against the worlds top hockey power in best-on-best competition going back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.The Americans still have one round-robin game left, Thurssday against the similarly lame-duck Czech Republic.ddddddddddddOn Tuesday night, the play was even more lopsided than the score indicated, with Canada grabbing control after McDonaghs rebound goal 4:22 in. Counting the World Cup and Olympics, the U.S. has only two goals over the last 11 periods.The U.S. lead lasted 1:29 as Duchene and Perry scored 14 seconds apart. American defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, inserted into the lineup to provide offense, lost Duchene and allowed him to put the puck into a wide-open net.Tortorella, whose decisions have been second-guessed since he was named coach -- another move that was criticized -- tried unsuccessfully to challenge Perrys goal for goaltender interference. He then appeared to unsuccessfully yank Quick for Ben Bishop after Duchenes second goal, even though Max Pacioretty botched a clearing attempt and Erik Johnson was caught flat-footed, but he was talked out of it by his assistants.Quick was hardly to blame for another U.S. debacle. Canadas fourth goal came when John Tavares undressed Matt Niskanen and banked the puck in off the skates of McDonagh and Bergeron. His play was a rare bright spot on another dark night for USA Hockey, which now has major changes to contemplate.The American players had their own individual problems against Canada that werent cured by Oshies late goal. Tortorella said his best players had to be his best players, and aside from Quick that was not the case.We lost, Tortorella said. It wasnt good enough.Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane had a secondary assist on McDonaghs goal but was a nonfactor the rest of the night. Pavelski and winger Zach Parise also failed to make a difference in one of the biggest games for this generation of Americans that had developed a reputation for coming up short against Canada.Its definitely frustrating being an American and having these opportunities and have nothing to show for it, Kane said.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno. ' ' '