Canada hockey women battle past USA for 23rd win in row

Esther Moore
February 17, 2018

No Drew Doughty on the blue line and no Carey Price in net, either.

Canada, which has won the teams' last five Olympic matchups, found fault in its performance, although it gave up only Kendall Coyne's goal 23 seconds into the third period.

One look at USA forward Brianna Decker's face, sweaty and frowning Thursday after a 2-1 loss to Canada, dispelled the notion that the teams' preliminary-round finale meant nothing because both had clinched spots in the Olympic semifinals. "Even if the National Hockey League guys are not here, there are still many, many good players".

Players with the ability to create and finish are taking advantage of the mistakes being made all over the ice and turning them into goals.

If you're a fan of worldwide hockey, odds are you are no stranger to this rivalry. An Olympic squad in a hurry to establish its identity may have done that by much more than the final score of its opener. "I got shoved into the net", Lacasse said.

"You didn't really know what to expect it's been a long process we knew the Swiss would have a good and that they would play hard", Canada coach Willie Desjardins told reporters.

All things considered, the Canadians are in a favourable position heading into their second game.

Nearly everyone involved with Canada's Olympic team this time around, from coach Willie Desjardins to captain Chris Kelly to forward Rob Klinkhammer, had no idea a year ago they would end up trying to make it a gold-medal three-peat at the Olympics. All Canadians want to play the right way.

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The Canadians didn't sound too impressed. And given how wide open this Olympic tournament appears, the potential edge it could provide is crucial.

"It's the two giants of the world of hockey colliding", said US forward Hilary Knight, who had a chance to tie the score in the waning seconds but missed a swipe at a rapidly moving pass during a scramble. "Nobody's taking this for granted". She finished her career as the program's all-time games played (127), wins (64), shutouts (20), and saves (3,482) leader. I think everyone was excited to get going. They have certainly set up an opportunity to secure one of the top two spots in Group A and a direct route to the quarter finals. "There's lots more games to come". Officials reviewed the final play and ruled no goal. Throw in a couple of power-play goals and some discipline to stay out of the box and it was near ideal.

The women played their final exhibition game before the Games - against a university men's team in Incheon, South Korea - at 10 p.m. "We all like that identity and try to live up to that".

"I'd like to have that second one back", Dalton said. "For us, though, it was a good start".

The Canadian hockey men completed the marvellous day with the kind of start they hoped for. The Americans and the team from Russian Federation have already suffered upsets.

"We have to keep getting better", Desjardins said.

Do the Canadian men have enough firepower?

The United States women's hockey team earned a valuable few days of rest by finishing second in Group A.

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