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Canada rallies, stuns U.S. in OT to win women’s hockey gold

Feb 20, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

Sochi Olympics Ice Hockey Women AP

In women’s hockey, there is no bigger prize than Olympic gold medals.

On Thursday, the U.S. was fewer than five minutes from achieving the ultimate prize, before Canada stormed back with two late goals to send the contest to sudden death overtime, where Marie-Philip Poulin scored the goal that brought gold medals to Canada.

VIDEO: Watch the shot that hit the post

For Canada, it’s their fourth consecutive gold medals in women’s Olympic hockey.

For the U.S., it is their second straight silver medals.

VIDEO: How did the game get to OT?

The Canadians pulled within 2-1 when Brianne Jenner scored with less than four minutes to go in regulation. A short time later, they opted to pull goalie Shannon Szabados from the net – only to have an American shot fired from deep within their zone toward the open goal.

The puck hit the left post. Canada was still alive.

And with 55 seconds remaining in regulation, they pulled even as Poulin – who scored both goals in the Canadians’ 2-0 gold medal win over the U.S. four years ago in Vancouver – lit the lamp.

VIDEO: U.S. receives its silver medals

The game then went to overtime, which featured a series of penalties that left the Canadians with an eventual 5-on-3 advantage. At the 8:10 mark, Poulin struck again and zipped a quick shot into the net.

The heroine of Vancouver became the heroine of Sochi.

MORE: Watch the FULL REPLAY of today’s U.S.-Canada women’s hockey gold medal game

source: AP

Team USA’s Anna Schleper (15) skates off the ice after Canada’s gold-medal winning goal in OT. Photo: AP.


Scoring Summary
Second Period
USA – Meghan Duggan (Jocelyne Lamoureux), 11:57 – USA 1-0

Third Period
USA – Alex Carpenter (Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack), 2:01 – USA 2-0
CAN – Brianne Jenner (Meaghan Mikkelson, Jocelyne Larocque), 16:34 – USA 2-1
CAN – Marie-Philip Poulin (Rebecca Johnston, Haley Irwin), 19:05 – TIE 2-2

CAN – Poulin (Laura Fortino), 8:10 – CAN 3-2

CAN – Shannon Szabados, 27 saves on 29 shots
USA – Jessie Vetter, 28 saves on 31 shots

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    OMG. Talk about instant classic! So very close, so agonizingly, painfully, heartbreakingly close for my Yanks. A bounce for 2-1, the post or it’s 3-1, a debatable penalty in OT leading to what should have been a penalty shot for Wick in OT, a PP OT lamplighter for Poulin, and my Canucks (I’m both) eked out, squeaked out another win. Unbelievable. 4 straight golds for Wick. Next stop for her: Hall of Fame in Toronto, if she ever retires! WOW, just WOW.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    This will hurt your GPA: You have earned an “F” in sportsmanship.

  3. puregreed - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Thats hilarious thanks for the laugh. Tough loss for the Americans, hopefully tomorrows game is just as intense. Hopefully the refs will not affect the outcome of the game.

  4. mt10425 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    The team shouldn’t accept the silver. The last five minutes showed they didn’t belong in any medal game. Winners hit an OPEN NET! There was a heart to be embraced at center ice. We skated away from it.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      From their own blue line?

  5. fnc111 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Even after you get lucky in winning, people like pure greed still cry about one play. Go back to Canada and stay there.

    • puregreed - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      I was laughing at the guy who said kick out all Canadian hockey players, thought that was funny. I’m Canadian you idiot and I still think the officiating was poor.

  6. sjtorpitt - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    pure greed knows what’s up.
    Officiating was awful. Even the lines(wo)men had their heads up their butt.

  7. penvik - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    USA should be proud of silver. That Team Canada continues to show what it takes to win gold. Could have gone either way but experience in winning took over. USA women should be proud they looked great and came within a minute for gold. Be interesting to see what happens tomorrow!!

  8. 66sprint6amerhockeyfan - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Don’t be a sore loser. Show them that we Americans have class and recognize that the Canadians won fair and square. The ref’s were’t responsible for those two late goals that the Canadians got. That’s really what cost the game. They’re a hockey superpower and they’ve shown it today. We’ve beat them before and will do it again.

  9. hardkor07mn - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Apparently your not much of a hockey fan. Next time please keep your thoughts in your tiny little head. Trust me, those of us real fans will thank you someday!

  10. mogogo1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Don’t care what the refs did. A 2-0 lead with under 4:00 to play should equal a victory. The US women had a great tournament but couldn’t seal the deal.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Mogo, “should” equal a victory? Perhaps, unless the teams are equally talented and equally driven to win. Then it might well end up in OT.

      • mogogo1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        If they were “equally” talented and driven from that point on, the team with the 2-0 advantage wins. It takes one team either letting up or the other turning it up a notch for the team that’s behind to win.

  11. mt10425 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Hey hard, what game were you watching? We had the game won. Twice. I support all USA teams, but am not afraid to be honest about what happens. It’s either coaching or players. Canada wasn’t the better team. To pretend we didn’t choke and give an “atta girl” for participating makes you the moron.

  12. kanuckinnyc - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Congrats to my Canadian girls. It was a good hard game. The Americans deserved to be in that game, and I would’ve been humbled if they had won gold.

    But never, ever blame the officiating. This is to easy. Yes it’s true, both the Canadians and Americans are powerful enough to take advantage of power plays. But good or bad calls do not make wins or losses.

    Remember the women’s gold medal games in Salt Lake City. I certainly remember the 8 power plays the americans were given. They still lost.

    In any case, see you in 2018!

  13. cajunhockey - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    First, congratulations to team Canada. Even at 2-0 with 10 mins left in the 3rd I didn’t feel comfortable. Like Jeremy Roenick said, we were “Playing not to lose” instead of “Playing to win.” I was also guilty of what he described as “Thinking about the medal ceremony in the closing minutes.”

    This was a tough loss to take, and I felt the emotion that most of our ladies displayed when it was over. Hell of a game. It’s a shame we have to wait another four years for this tournament.

  14. vstar1us - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Well to bad the Women’s Hockey just quit, it is only a game and not World peace. If I were the USA women’s hockey team I would just take my silver and run.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      I don’t think you watched the game.

  15. drewsylvania - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Officiating was horrible. The most egregious call directly led to an OT power play (and goal). But the ref managed to get even that wrong. If she thought a penalty was necessary, it needed to be a penalty shot.

    Instead, she blew the whole thing about as badly as you can blow anything.

  16. janessa31888 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Oh, that hurt. Very proud of Team USA, though.

  17. mt10425 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I hope the men’s team were watching.

  18. fnc111 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Embarrassing finish.

  19. sonoco - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Bummer game . . . hoping for a blow-out tomorrow . . . but it won’t happen.

  20. jkaflagg - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    No complaints about the refs – US women just didn’t finish the job. The tying goal in particular was brutal – a simple centering pass that the goalkeeper tipped right to the Canadian forward rather than covering for the face off….and they failed to convert several great chances in OT, including the last one where a poor pass led to taking the last penalty.
    Tough way to finish after they worked so hard to get there.

  21. stateofthesport - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    It was an amazing game, blame it on what ever i your mind work’s for you, one team win’s, and one losses, i thought the Americans had it, but we prevailed, the American’s can say they won the battle, but we won the war,, but in my eye’s there was no loser, it was a heck of a game,, kind of how us Leaf’s fan’s felt last year in the play-off’s though,when Boston came back in game seven down three goal’s i think with 4 minute’s left, i know it hurt’s but the lady’s played a fine game, as for the shot at the empty net, it bounced off the ref’s skate, to the American player, the game went as fate would have it,, looking forward to tomorrow,, but as i was this game, nervous..

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