Canada has a win-or-bust mentality when it comes to hockey.
Canada and the US are the only teams to win the gold in the short history of the sport at the Olympics. "It's called 'Oops, I did it again, ' and I'm just thrilled beyond words". Mix that with the quality both of these sides possess, and the final was always going to be a thriller. It's a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the United States' basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.
When you're hot, you're hot. "It's a lot of pressure to step up like that in a gold medal game".
Canada had edged the US 2-1 in the preliminary round despite getting outshot nearly two-to-one by the Americans. Download the Team USA app today.
The Ruthven, Ont. native may have missed on that chance for Canada to repeat as gold medal winners in women's hockey, but she did score earlier in the shootout, and assisted on a goal in regulation.
It was a fast-paced intense game that ended the right way for the USA.
The U.S. got on the board first late in the first period, when Knight deflected Sidney Morin's shot on the power play to go up 1-0, exciting the US fans in the crowd, who outchanted the Canada fans for much of the game.
Monique Lamoureux-Davidson of the USA forced overtime with a goal at 13:39 of the third period. In the sixth, Jocelyn Lamoureux broke down the Canadian goalie with a filthy deke and American keeper Maddie Rooney stopped Meghan Agosta to lock up the win.
Knight scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds left in the opening period when she deflected a shot from teammate Sidney Morin past Szabados to put the USA up 1-0. Haley Irwin and Marie-Philip Poulin scored in regulation for the Canadians. United States Coach Robb Stauber knows they can play cleaner and take better advantage of scoring opportunities, but at this point, he knows it's just time to drop the puck.
Canada's Meghan Agosta replied to make it 1-1.
Team USA outshot Canada 41-31 in the victory.
The loss marks the first Olympic silver medal for the Canadians since their 1998 loss to the U.S. They had won every gold medal since, including beating Sweden in 2006 when the U.S. settled for bronze.
The Americans returned to the top of the podium where they were in 1998 when women's hockey made its Olympic debut. Finally, in 2010 they were beaten by Canada 2-0. After the loss, several of the women on Canada's national team were seen crying on the ice. They've been training for four years for just one game: a gold medal matchup with Canada. "I thought you'd be more happy for the golf team", a tweet read with sarcasm.
In fairness, his play had been poor at the Games, at which the team he captained finished ninth.
Keller started playing hockey when she was 5 years old.
This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line.
"Its a pretty good story". "It's something we've worked for our entire lives".
"We didn't come here to win silver", added forward Blayre Turnbull.
On Wednesday, Finland won the bronze medal with a 3-2 victory over the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team.
That sentiment aptly describes women's Olympic hockey.