The U.S. got the scoring going in the second period on a slap shot to the right of the Canadian goalkeeper beating her high to the glove side. The U.S. would grab a second goal on a power play. However, it wouldn’t last. Canada got one back with a little over 3 minutes left in the 3rd period and managed to tie it up with the extra skater on (they had pulled their goalie) and only 54.6 seconds left. A few seconds before the game tying goal the U.S. clanged an empty netter off the far post in what has become the newest shot heard around the world. With 73 seconds, the US through a shot towards the wide open cage only to watch it roll a bit too wide and kiss off the post and bounce safely away for team Canada. The game would go to overtime and the rest is history.
There was a penalty on Canada followed almost immediately by a penalty on the U.S (5 seconds). Play returned to 4 on 4 (OT in NHL and Olympics is 4 on 4 as opposed to 5 on 5). Shortly after this, a breakaway chance for Canada off a U.S. turnover lead to the penalty that would lead to the win. While I was watching this on the TV at the restaurant with a visiting professor (don’t worry he was watching too), it looked like a lot of contact to me and most likely a penalty. I read later that the penalized American claimed she didn’t cross-check her and from what I saw I’d agree as it didn’t look like a cross-check but it looked like a lot of contact and most likely a penalty. I could see why it could have also gone uncalled. The speedier US player was able to catch the Canadian and fight for the puck so I would also be OK with that as well. However, in a gold medal game it looked like a lot of contact on a breakaway to have nothing called (then again this picture doesn’t show a whole lot). So, what would normally be 4 on 4 became 4 on 3 and that means a lot of open ice on an Olympic-sized ice sheet and as we all saw, the red maple leaf was raised higher than the Stars and Stripes. What should have been became what could have been and the U.S. women leave Sochi heartbroken once again, and with silver in hand once again.