2014 – CANADA 3, UNITED STATES 2 (OT)
It will be remembered, quite simply, as The Comeback.
Down 2-0 to the Americans as the clock ticked away, Canada sat just four
minutes from its run of three-consecutive Olympic gold medals coming to an
But on the bench, there was no quit.
“We thought, ‘Hey, we’ve been down by a couple of goals, we’ve all been
down by a couple of goals, so many times in our hockey careers and it’s
difficult, it takes a lot to come back from that, but it’s not impossible,”
Brianne Jenner said shortly after the game. “Remembering the experiences we
had throughout the year helped us in that situation.”
Jenner got it started with 3:26 to go, taking a pass off the boards from
Meaghan Mikkelson and letting go a shot that hit a U.S. defenceman and
found its way in to cut the American lead in half.
With just 1:25 remaining, the U.S. hit the now infamous goal post on an
empty net, “a sign that we were meant to come back,” captain Caroline
Ouellette said, and with 55 seconds left, Marie-Philip Poulin scored to
pull Canada even and forcing overtime.
A parade of penalties in the extra period put Canada on the power play, and
Poulin got the golden goal for the second Games in a row, setting off a
celebration in Sochi, and from coast to coast to coast across the country.
“That’s a game that is going to be tough to beat for a long time, whether
as a fan, or as a player,” said Jayna Hefford, who joined Ouellette and
Hayley Wickenheiser as four-time Olympic gold medallists. “People all the
time are relating it to the 1972 Summit Series, and that’s traditionally
male hockey fans … which shows the impact that it had.”
1960 – Bobby Rousseau scored four times, Fred Etcher and George Samolenko
added three goals each and Canada routed Japan 19-1 to improve to 2-0 and
clinch first place in Group A in Squaw Valley, Calif. Etcher finished with
seven points in the win.
1980 – Jim Nill, Randy Gregg and Brad Pirie scored goals to give Canada a
3-1 lead early in the second period, but the Soviet Union rebounded to earn
a 6-4 victory over the Canadians in the preliminary round finale for both
in Lake Placid.
1988 – Serge Boisvert scored two of the Olympic record-setting 10 goals in
the first period (Canada led France 7-3 after 20 minutes) and added his hat
trick marker in the third as the Canadians scored a wild 9-5 win in
1998 – Trevor Linden scored with 63 seconds left to tie the game, but Czech
Republic goaltender Dominik Hasek stopped all five Canadians in the
shootout to lead to Czechs to a 2-1 semifinal win and send Canada to the
bronze medal game in Nagano.
2002 – Joe Sakic scored in the first period, Steve Yzerman got the
game-winner in the second and Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots as Canada
advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 quarter-final victory over Finland.
2006 – Jayna Hefford had a goal and an assist, Hayley Wickenheiser added
two helpers and Canada held Sweden to just eight shots on goal to win its
second consecutive Olympic gold medal with a 4-1 win in Turin.