After winning five and losing four of their round robin fixtures, Great Britain's men only made it through to the knock-out phase after coming through a
Three-time Olympian Murdoch then inspired them to an impressive win over reigning
world champions Sweden
in Wednesday's semi-finals.
However, the signs were ominous for Britain from the opening end when they found themselves 2-0 down, which became 5-1 after just three ends with Greg Drummond, Scott Andrews and Michael Goodfellow appearing to be suffering from nerves.
The half-time interval break failed to revitalise Britain's fortunes as they slipped 8-2 behind before conceding defeat with two regulation ends remaining and the score at 9-3.
British Olympic curling success
1924 Chamonix - gold
2014 Sochi - silver
2002 Salt Lake City - gold
2014 Sochi - bronze
"We just never got off to a good start," said Murdoch. "We were struggling after three, and when you go 5-1 down to a team of that calibre it's extremely difficult to come back.
"I'm disappointed now but a silver medal is scarily cool. I think I'll appreciate it in about 10 minutes!"
His team-mate Andrews added: "We didn't make enough shots, it wasn't to be. We've got a bit more experienced and the future is bright for this team."
It was Team GB's second defeat by the Canadians at the Sochi Games following a
to the defending champions in the round-robin phase.
Prior to the final, Team GB coach Soren Gran had criticised the Canadians for their "aggressive style", but gold medal-winning skip Brad Jacobs said Gran's comments had motivated his team.
Jackie Lockhart2002 World curling gold medallist
"Let's not forget, this is not the finish we wanted, but they would have taken a silver medal before the competition.
"It's disappointing at the minute and they were up against it from the start and we weren't at the races.
"We've won a silver and a bronze and raised the profile of our sport and it's onwards and upwards."
"I was a little shocked. I don't know what his thinking was in saying that publicly before the final. I really think that was a big mistake on his part," said Jacobs.
"I really believe in karma and I think that's what you maybe saw out there tonight."
However, finishing second and securing silver was the first medal for the men's team since the sport's debut at the 1924 Chamonix Games.
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