Brutal: Canada stuns U.S. with late comeback in women’s hockey gold-medal game

posted at 4:41 pm on February 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

A choke for the ages, with Team USA letting it slip away despite leading 2-0 with less than four minutes to play. To fully appreciate this meltdown, to see what made it Buckneresque, click here and watch what happened with around 1:15 left. The U.S. still had a one-goal lead at that point; Canada had no choice but to pull its goalie and send another forward onto the ice in order to try to tie the game. Somehow, after the next face-off, the puck bounced to an American in the U.S. end who sent it down the ice at Canada’s empty net. If it goes in, the U.S. clinches gold.

It hit the post. Around 20 seconds later, Canada sent the game to overtime.

I can’t find a highlight reel for you but this page has videos of all five goals. If you want to see just the game-winner, click the image below. There’s only one thing that can repair this blow to national morale, and we all know what that is. Soon, Canada. Soon.

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Yeah, that sucked, alright…

climbnjump on February 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Oh well, I’ll try to manage to sleep tonight with this horror fresh in my mind.

Bishop on February 20, 2014 at 4:45 PM

This was so brutal to watch.

Thanks for salting the wound, AP.

Nessuno on February 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Payback tomorrow when the American men play the Canadian, er, fellas.

antipc on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Women play hockey?

jnelchef on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I guess tomorrow is double or nothing. If the US loses, we have to keep Bieber, but if we win, not only does Canada take back Bieber, they must also take Miley Cyrus. How about that?

ConservativePartyNow on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

There’s only one thing that can repair this blow to national morale, and we all know what that is. Soon, Canada. Soon.


Obama launches cruise missile attacks on Quebec, Vancouver and Toronto?

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

I guess living in a warm weather climate makes me zzzzzzz at the Winter Olympics.

I can count in one hand the number of times I’ve seen snow.

terryannonline on February 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

…Obama is going to be mad?

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

The 1st Canada goal was the worst. Give away the blue line, back in, back in, back in, Goal.

forest on February 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

This one hurts – they had it.

gophergirl on February 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Women play hockey?

jnelchef on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

University of Minnesota – home of the 5 time national champions.

gophergirl on February 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

…Obama is going to be mad?

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Any man guy who wears mom jeans ain’t a hockey fan.

antipc on February 20, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Women play hockey?

jnelchef on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

This one does. But I will be the first to admit: it’s fun to play but can be a snooze fest to watch.

Hat Trick on February 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

I’ll never eat maple Syrup again.

portlandon on February 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

University of Minnesota – home of the 5 time national champions.

gophergirl on February 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Do they still give away tickets for free? They did when I was at the U.

Hat Trick on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

If you can’t hold on to a 2-0 lead with less than four minutes left in the game, you don’t deserve to win.

Ridiculously soft play from us in those last four minutes. Mental errors, getting out-hustled, the whole gambit.

nicktjacob on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Overtime penalties. I blame the Russians.

BKeyser on February 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Do they still give away tickets for free? They did when I was at the U.

Hat Trick on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I checked Gopher Sports.com. $5 general admission for students to women’s hockey. So, not free.

Hat Trick on February 20, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Do they still give away tickets for free? They did when I was at the U.

Hat Trick on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Not since the winning streak I don’t think. They are cheap though. A lot cheaper than the men.

gophergirl on February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

There’s only one women’s winter sport to watch, curling, those Scandinavian teams are good looking.

Bishop on February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

If you can’t hold on to a 2-0 lead with less than four minutes left in the game, you don’t deserve to win.

Ridiculously soft play from us in those last four minutes. Mental errors, getting out-hustled, the whole gambit.

nicktjacob on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Good lord, Nick.

*gamut

nicktjacob on February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Man, did that suck.

rbj on February 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Give away the blue line, back in, back in, back in, Goal.

forest on February 20, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Give away the blue line eh? Almost as if Pres. Obama was coaching…

Blaise on February 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM

, not only does Canada take back Bieber, they must also take Miley Cyrus. How about that?

ConservativePartyNow on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Isn’t it the same person?

the_nile on February 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

What a national tragedy. Even though I had no earthly idea women played hockey and no interest in watching this apparently new sport, I look forward to the face off against the last place men’s Olympic team (comprised only of figure skaters). The Jamaicans, perhaps?

Nomennovum on February 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Women play hockey?

jnelchef on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Who knew?

OR, more importantly, who cares?

Adjoran on February 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Heartbreaker.

NotCoach on February 20, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Only caught the OT, and thought both teams played very well.

The game-winning PPG came from some great puck movement from Canada which got the US goalie a little out of position.

Tough loss for the US – but I don’t know if I would call it Buckneresque, AP. This wasn’t a slow roller flubbed through the wicket’s to let Knight score the winner from second.

The US did get a tough break on an empty net shot hitting the post about 20 seconds before Canada got the tying goal – but the loss wasn’t because someone erred a la Bill Buckner. Canada made a furious comeback with their backs against the wall – and capitalized on the PP in the OT.

It’s tough that the way to get the silver in that tournament is not from winning, but from losing the final. Too bad we have to wait 4 years for a rematch.

I was rooting for Canada (native land after all) and will be also rooting for them tomorrow in the Men’s Semi.

Athos on February 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ridiculously soft play from us in those last four minutes. Mental errors, getting out-hustled, the whole gambit.

nicktjacob on February 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Yep. I started getting nervous with about 5 minutes left. They started giving Canada easy entries and backing way off. I’d rather see someone get beat clean stepping up than just let them have free offensive possessions every time down the ice.

forest on February 20, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Woman’s sports is still joke, more akin to watching the JV try and match the varsity play

But even worse for the women is they can’t even play under the same rules of the men and have officials so inconsistent as to make officiating a joke

But it still comes down to coaching and why the US coach didn’t have her strongest players on the ice in the final moment remains a mystery

But after Canada scored their first goal, it was easy to see that the US team had been deflated and it was only a matter of time before they lost, since it’s obvious that while they talk with bravado, they lack the mental toughness when it’s needed

tuttle from tacoma on February 20, 2014 at 5:09 PM

That was definitely a case of losing a game as opposed to getting beaten…the USA women just gave it away…

ladyingray on February 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

terryannonline on February 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Oh man, terry, you haven’t lived till you’ve had to tunnel your way out of the house in the morning.

Cleombrotus on February 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

I guess living in a warm weather climate makes me zzzzzzz at the Winter Olympics.

I can count in one hand the number of times I’ve seen snow.

terryannonline on February 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

global warming already taken over there eh? \sarc

ledbylight on February 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I suggested to one of my Canadian coworkers that the loser tomorrow gets Bieber and he replied saying there was no way they would risk losing the tax revenue Bieber brings them. In fact, he claimed, the constant pipeline of American dollars he sends north is how they pay for socialized medicine.

Instead I think the winner of the game should get Rob Ford. He’s no worse than at least three quarters of the current mayors in America’s major metropolitan areas, and he’s a darn sight more entertaining.

alchemist19 on February 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

This will be small consolation for Canada should they lose tomorrow. Team USA is loaded with my favorite no nonsense NHL players. Should be a good one.

forest on February 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

You don’t win silver – you lose gold. Never more true than here…

affenhauer on February 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

There’s only one thing that can repair this blow to national morale, and we all know what that is. Soon, Canada. Soon.

Another hockey game? I was thinking invasion :P

El_Terrible on February 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Oh man, terry, you haven’t lived till you’ve had to tunnel your way out of the house in the morning.

Cleombrotus on February 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Yeah sounds real fun!

I think I will stick with my South Texas weather…..even if we get the occasional hurricane.

terryannonline on February 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

global warming already taken over there eh? \sarc

ledbylight on February 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Nah…..I’m pretty sure Texas has been blistering hot since the beginning of time :-)

terryannonline on February 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Under Reagan, we win these kinds of games. Under Obama? Humiliation. Cause and effect? You be the judge.

besser tot als rot on February 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Do you believe in … mukluks?

cbenoistd on February 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I guess tomorrow is double or nothing. If the US loses, we have to keep Bieber, but if we win, not only does Canada take back Bieber, they must also take Miley Cyrus. How about that?

ConservativePartyNow on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Here you go.

Flange on February 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

As a Canadian, please forgive me for shouting hooray!

In Women’s Hockey, the only question is which of us would get the gold, and which would get the silver.

Good luck tomorrow, and may the best team win, and may that be Canada again.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM

You sell your girls short Allah. They played very well and never let up. They didn’t choke.

BL@KBIRD on February 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Women play hockey?

My girlfriend played hockey at Middlebury.
She’s the quietest, most demure woman you could meet.

Until she got on the ice…”cruisin for a bruisin”.

MichaelGabriel on February 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Obama launches cruise missile attacks on Quebec, Vancouver and Toronto?

PolAgnostic on February 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

“Let me be clear. (ahem) Surrender, pronto, or we bomb Toronto.”

JimLennon on February 20, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Zzzz.

BuckeyeSam on February 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Oh, this was so sad. The overtime officiating was not to be believed.

Lee Jan on February 20, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Works stops here in the Great White North during Olympic hockey games when a medal is on-the-line.

Some here in the office consider tomorrow’s match-up to be the real Gold medal match for the men. May the best team win!

LancerDL on February 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

wtf! a womens hockey game!!!!!

i’m stll bummed out about losing the obamacare fight.

renalin on February 20, 2014 at 6:34 PM

In summary and in “second coming” headlines:
“Canadians play more hockey than anybody.”
Actually, I wouldn’t even have known about if I hadn’t read it here.
.
BTW, why isn’t barrel jumping an Olympic event?
I would actually watch that.
Used to be very entertaining on ‘Wide World of Sports’.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Zzzz.

BuckeyeSam on February 20, 2014 at 6:15 PM

There is nothing lamer than someone that posts how uninterested he is.

Buddy, I watched the Superbowl this year. This hockey game was much better. (Except for maybe that singer in the middle).

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM

So something happened pertaining to the olympics? “Spirit of the Wild” or “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” re-runs are hopefully on tonight.

Ruckus_Tom on February 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

So something happened pertaining to the olympics? “Spirit of the Wild” or “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” re-runs are hopefully on tonight.

Ruckus_Tom on February 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Like I said, lame. Real lame.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Todays quotes……

Women play hockey?

jnelchef on February 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Who knew?

OR, more importantly, who cares?

Adjoran on February 20, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Tomorrows quotes……..

Men play hockey?

jnelchef on February 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Who knew?

OR, more importantly, who cares?

Adjoran on February 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

:)

BL@KBIRD on February 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Yawn. Olympics what now?

xNavigator on February 20, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Just for that, we’re not gonna approve Keystone! Take that!

vnvet on February 20, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I watched every stinking minute of it. My 11 yr old son thought we were fine, “the extra man never works” he said. I knew that the game was over after the 3rd period. It truly sucks. First goal bounces off of the chest of a defender. Second goal was a man advantage. Just. Sad.

TheLoudTalker on February 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM

The extra man worked for Boston v Toronto last year.
Leafs ahead 4-1 in the third period in game 7 and got their asses handed to them anyway.

Still, wish I’d seen the women’s game.
Heard it was a good one.

And good luck my American friends vs our men.
You’re gonna need it.

;)

mt

Mistahtibbs on February 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Go Canada

Great come-back. Reminds me of the 2010 men’s final when the US men sent the game into overtime in the few minutes of the 3rd. And, the same good result as then.

Hopefully the Canadian men will deliver tomorrow and then a crushing victory over Sweden or Finland for the gold.

grimble grumble on February 20, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Canada owns U. S. women’s hockey… I only came to that conclusion after seeing today’s collapse of the game in which the U. S. women dominated the first 56.5 minutes of the game. The U. S. was so sure that the Canadian team would come back on them that they began to play not to lose rather than to win. It reminded me of the men’s loss in Calgary.
.
O CANADA…. Our home and native land….

ExpressoBold on February 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

At the moment Canada is everything you guys wish America was – under a sensible conservative leader, sports champions, doing good economically in comparison with most places…

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 8:43 PM

There’s only one women’s winter sport to watch, curling, those Scandinavian teams are good looking.

Bishop on February 20, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Oh ya, we won that too today.

CityFish on February 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Good day to be a Canadian sports fan.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 20, 2014 at 11:58 PM

The refs let them play for 3 periods. Then decided to call every infraction they thought they saw.

Conservative4Ever on February 21, 2014 at 1:05 AM

I will say both teams played great. Sucks to lose in OT with full penalty box.

Conservative4Ever on February 21, 2014 at 1:06 AM

You don’t win silver – you lose gold. Never more true than here…

affenhauer on February 20, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I must admit to being underinformed on this…I missed all of regulation. All I caught was the OT, celebration and medal ceremony, so I had come to the conclusion that the American women, as a whole, had sulky, sullen attitudes that should have made the rest of the world cheer for our opponents. I had no volume, so I was left to read the body language of the athletes.

Now that I understand the reason we had such sulky, sullen attitudes, I wonder if it gives us a good excuse for being so graceless?

Frankly, I’m concluding…no, we don’t. The greater the stage, the greater image cast by the performers. We have become a graceless people, and we expect gracelessness from each other. The ladies acted like they were bigger than their stage, and that they deserved the gold. They didn’t. I don’t mean to suggest that they were so boorish as to snub the other medal recipients–they’re not classless and unsportsmanlike–but I saw few traces of the humility it takes to be thankful for the opportunity to win a medal for one’s country. It seemed as though only a few even acknowledged the cheering of the supporting fans.

I know they felt they were the best and are now disappointed at failing to prove it. But if they can’t be gracious runners-up, their graciousness would have been lacking as champions, too.

I felt embarrassed for the official and medal girls giving the medals to athletes who don’t want them.

rwenger43 on February 21, 2014 at 1:20 AM

I don’t think that that is fair rwenger43. If you were familiar with the history between the Canada and US women’s hockey teams, you would know that there is a very strong rivalry between two very good teams. These are the same teams that had line brawls in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. What you saw was agony of defeat. A defeat on par with Toronto’s melt down against Boston last year. I would be shocked if they stood around smiling. I liked seeing the pain on their faces because that meant that the competition meant something to them.

Hopefully the US men’s team feels something similar today.

grimble grumble on February 21, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Clearly the Cnadian women are on the juice. I was surprised to see that the e womens hockey team apparently benched Sidney Crosby.

RandallinHerndon on February 21, 2014 at 7:05 AM

I don’t think that that is fair rwenger43.

grimble grumble on February 21, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Maybe not, but your argument makes my point.

The rivalry exceeds the stage. When I observed them, I wasn’t impressed with how much they cared; it was obvious. What’s wrong with us? Of course they cared. Is that what the GMM was about, proving how much we cared?

An Olympic Gold is the pinnacle of achievement in sports, so if any amateur athlete (which the women hockey players are)thinks their rivalry is larger than the stage they play on, they insult the stage.

And okay, it’s tough going through a medal ceremony 30 minutes after your heart is broken. But the Women’s Soccer Team did it with class after the World Cup, so they proved that “caring” isn’t the measuring stick for how one conducts herself after a difficult loss.

rwenger43 on February 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM