Team USA won their fourth gold medal in tournament history, 5-4, in a wild instant classic of a game at Bell Centre in Montreal. Twice Canada had a two-goal lead, and twice the U.S. found a way to tie it. Troy Terry scored three times in the shootout as Team USA beat Team Russia 4-3. Someone forgot to tell Russia's Kirill Kaprizov. "We were down two goals twice".
Comparing USA Hockey to Hockey Canada in that way would have seemed preposterous just more than three months ago, when Team USA fizzled out of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 without winning a game and Team Canada won the tournament without losing one. He stopped all five shots in the shootout and really gave his team the chance to win. Bellows then deflected Fox's shot from the point to level the score at 2-2.
Canada took a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes into the game when Thomas Chabot buried a feed from Matt Barzal from the slot. As for the forwards, Joseph has three assists in six games, Raddysh has five goals and six points in six games (including three Power Play goals), Cirelli has three goals and seven points in six games (including a plus-7 rating) and Stephens has two goals and four points in four games played.
The last time Team Canada and Team USA met in the final was in 2010 when John Carlson scored in overtime as the Americans took gold. Denis Guryanov pounced on an errant pass to score the game victor on a partial breakaway 33 seconds into the extra session.
Canada and the United States of America both had huge scoring chances throughout the frame with Dylan Strome and Blake Speers combining on a few as well as Tage Thompson getting a couple for the Americans, but with Casey Fitzgerald in the box for delay of game, Canada missed their best chance.
Things got worse for the United States, as Jeremy Lauzon doubled the lead just a few minutes later.
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Jeremy Lauzon made it 2-0 as he corralled a puck that was batted out of the air and ripped it past US goalie and London Knight, Tyler Parsons. All this within the first 5 minutes of the final regulation period. It was their fifth straight power play in the game.
Those four goals were scored on four straight shots in a insane stretch of hockey but it wasn't an indication of the goaltending as both Carter Hart and Tyler Parsons had outstanding games and saves that kept their team in the game.
Matthews or Werenski could win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's best rookie one year after Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, born in Buffalo, became the first US -born-and-raised National Hockey League scoring champion and most valuable player.
Neither side did much offensively from there, but Terry's goal was enough to secure the championship for the Americans.
Both teams had chances to win during the entertaining OT with the United States misfiring on several quality chances. A silver medal in a tournament like this is never something to be ashamed of.
But, of course, there were many American fans in attendance too.