2014 Sochi Olympics: USA Women’s Hockey Came This Close to Winning Gold vs. Canada (GIF)
If you missed yesterday’s gold medal women’s hockey game between Canada and the USA at the Sochi Olympics, you not only missed what will probably go down as the greatest game in women’s hockey history (unless you’re an American, of course), but you also missed one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the sport, male or female.
While the first 56 minutes of the game were pretty intense, the real action began with 3:26 remaining in the third period, when Canada’s Brianne Jenner cut the Team USA lead to 2-1.
Canada continued to press after that goal, but their comeback attempt was nearly all for naught when a linesman inadvertently took one of the Canadian defenders out of the play with just over a minute remaining, allowing an American player to take a shot towards the empty net at the other end of the rink. Here’s how that went:
That post would keep the Canadian women within one, and seconds later, Marie-Philip Poulin did this:
And then, with the game tied 2-2 in overtime and Canada on the power-play, Poulin was at it again:
There you have it. Quicker than you can say “Vladimir Putin,” the Canadian women had completed the incredible comeback for their fourth consecutive gold medal in women’s hockey.
Now the question everyone wants to know is whether there will be redemption for the Americans today when they take on Canada in the semi-finals of the men’s tournament. With game time less than three hours away, we won’t have to wait long to find out.