After the USA missed the gold medal game at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, they were looking to spoil the party for Team Canada at home. Team USA missed its next two tries, while Canada made one of its next two tries.
In accordance to the epic USA-Canada rivalry, Thursday's gold-medal game lived up to its billing. "But to have Maddie - she is 20 years old - go in and play so big like that... kudos to her, because not everyone can take the pressure like that". According to the New York Times, after Sochi, "American players learned that requests for the team to do television appearances and other promotions had gone unanswered".
Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin scored in regulation for Canada. Team USA will wear its royal blue third jerseys. Fans online were screaming foul when Poulin had an absolutely savage check on an American Brianna Decker and didn't even so much as end up in the penalty box.
The U.S. picked up the first goal of the night with just 25 seconds to go in the first period as Hilary Knight shot it past Shannon Szabados on the American's third power play of the game.
The United States and Canada have been extremely dominant since women's hockey became part of the Olympics. That was the United States' only loss of the tournament, as they fell 2-1 on February 15. Canada eliminated the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team, while the United States knocked out Finland. "And they bring us a lot of energy to the team, and we trust every single one of them".
After leaving the ice heartbroken, and struggling to answer post-game questions for reporters, Larocque had nearly made it to the dressing room when an official from hockey's governing body pulled her aside and gave her a talking to. In doing so, the Americans secured their first Olympic title in the event since the inaugural competition at Nagano 1998. 2002 at Salt Lake?
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Daoust led Canada in scoring in the tournament with three goals and four assists in five games. 2006 in Torino? Canada won gold while the US won bronze. In Sochi four years ago, it was they who spoiled the Americans' late lead and snatched the win in overtime. "They forget about the four goals, and it (the unified team) will be remembered for decades to come".
Jocelyne Lamoureux found an appropriately astonishing way to finish off one of the most memorable Olympic hockey finals in history. There's something special about this game. "I mean, on one hand it's like any other hockey tournament and on the other hand it's like our Stanley Cup, right?"
What. A. Game. Congratulations to the unbelievable athletes of @USAHockey.
"It is everything for our country", said United States of America coach Robb Stauber. "I can't tell you how happy I am for our players".
That was a hell of game!
The Americans snapped arch-rival Canada's 24-match Olympic women's hockey win streak, a painful loss that had the silver medallists in tears, a medal so painful to Jocelyne Larocque that she removed it as soon as it was placed around her neck. "It's best-on-best competition. I think that's what makes it so great". Just absolutely disgusting skill from both teams. "This is the game that you want".