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2022 Winter Olympics hockey: Canada vs. U.S. gold medal game live updates, score, highlights and more

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February 17, 2022 at 12:37 AM EST
2022 Winter Olympics hockey: Canada vs. U.S. gold medal game live updates, score, highlights and more

The U.S. and Canada are once again meeting in the women's Olympic gold medal final. The puck drops at 11:10 p.m. ET Wednesday night. The matchup will be live on NBC in the U.S., CBC in Canada and streaming.

Our staff will be giving live updates and analysis during the game.

Get prepped with the best of our coverage so far:

(Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP via Getty Images)

February 17, 2022 at 12:37 AM EST

Hilary Knight puts Team USA on the board

Hilary Knight scores to make it 3-1, with assists by Hannah Brandt and … me. That’s right, baby! The reverse jinx is on!

It sounds almost stupid to say, but whatever — this tournament has given me a whole new level of appreciation for Hilary Knight. I’m not trying to make her older than she is, since she’s still only 32, but there’s something really compelling about watching a player as great as her maintain their level a little later into their career.

Depth, especially without alpha-dog Brianna Decker, is an issue for the Americans — we’ve beaten the horse, nearly to death — but Knight has come through, again and again. If this score holds, it won’t be her fault. She’s a treat to watch, as she’s always been.

It’s 3-1 Canada after two periods.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 17, 2022 at 12:27 AM EST

Team USA continues to struggle

The U.S. power play stays terrible. Been an issue the entire tournament. Was an issue in the prelim game. I’m honestly not sure if they got a zone entry on that last chance.

This game is over. Put the medals behind the Canadian bench. Reverse jinx attempt by me? Who can say, really.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 17, 2022 at 12:20 AM EST

Sarah Nure, Marie-Philip Poulin continue to shine

Sarah Nurse is your new record holder for points in a single Olympic tournament with 18.

Marie-Philip Poulin is now tied for second with Hayley Wickenheiser with 17.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 17, 2022 at 12:19 AM EST

Canada piling it on, leading 3-0

I was starting to type something about how Alex Cavallini had been good to start the second. Midway through the first sentence, Marie-Philip Poulin scored off the rush, banging a rebound into an open net.

That wasn’t totally Cavallini’s fault — Poulin and Natalie Spooner, the first shooter — beat everyone down ice, but if the U.S. wants to get back into this, they’re going to need something special from someone. They didn’t get it.

Canada, 3-0.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 17, 2022 at 12:05 AM EST

Grace Zumwinkle has got to play more

Joel Johnson is setting himself up to get second-guessed, big time, whether it’s over the roster make-up or his in-game division of labor.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 17, 2022 at 12:03 AM EST

Tough first 20 minutes for Team USA

The stats are flying during the first intermission. For the U.S., most of them are bad.

  • There are two defenders — Jincy Dunne and Caroline Harvey — who haven’t played a second.
  • Faceoffs are overrated, until you’re down 16-6.
  • Two goals on 11 shots for Canada, and they were about a foot from three on 12.

“I can’t say there were many (nerves),” Abby Roque told the CBC. “I think we were ready to play. I just don’t think we’re getting bounces right now.”

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Poulin is in a class of her own

Marie-Philip Poulin has now scored in every gold medal game she's played in at the Olympics (2010, 2014, 2018, 2022).

Her first period goal is her sixth in the gold medal games. She's now the only player (male or female) to score in four Olympic gold medal games.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:50 PM EST

You're appreciated organist, but it's not helping

The organist in Beijing is hitting the Dr. Dre catalog pretty hard. Heard “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” a little bit ago, “Forgot About Dre” a while before that. I appreciate their attempt to cheer me up, but it’s not going to work.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:46 PM EST

This is why Poulin is the best in the world

The shot was great, Poulin is known for scoring. But Poulin striping the puck from a U.S. player in the Americans' zone (I couldn't see who, I'm blind!) cutting to the middle and then scoring is perfectly Poulin.

She's the best player in the world because she's elite in nearly every facet of the game. Look no further than that first period goal.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:45 PM EST

Team USA holds strong during the Canadian power play

Kendall Coyne Schofield takes a delay of game penalty. Not the response you want from Team USA immediately after going down 2-0.

Canada unable to capitalize on the power play.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:42 PM EST

Marie-Philip Poulin gives Canada a 2-0 lead

I kind of alluded to this pregame, but the U.S. has got to get something from somewhere other than Hilary Knight’s line.

We’ve seen minutes cut across the board — take Grace Zumwinkle, a really nice player who got about 7:13 of ice time against Finland as Example A. That’s not inherently a problem, because you want your best players out there as much as possible when the stakes are highest, but it’s also not a great sign.

It’s an even worse sign when your opponent is as talented and relentless as Canada. And if you go down 2-0 early — with another goal disallowed — it could get ugly. A short bench, down multiple goals, against machine like this one? Uh oh.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:32 PM EST

Record-breaking first goal for Team Canada

Canada continues to repaint the record book in this gold medal game. Sarah Nurse with her 17th point, ties Hayley Wickenheiser’s record for most points in a single tournament.

When Sean talks about depth, keep in mind, Nurse was on Canada’s fourth line at the women's world championships. Now she's on the top line and fitting in perfectly.

And with the assist, Claire Thompson now has 13 points in her first Olympics, which is nearly double the previous Olympic record for most points by defender (previously seven) in a single Olympics.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:28 PM EST

Offside? No problem. Canada leads 1-0

The last few minutes were a hilarious example of the overwhelming depth we’ve seen from the Canadian forwards. The overturned goal featured Mélodie Daoust AND Sarah Fillier AND Natalie Spooner all making plays.

Didn’t count. No big deal.

Just wait for Sarah Nurse to do something herself. It’s fitting that a lower-profile player, relatively speaking, is leading the tournament in points and closing in on the all-time mark for one Olympics.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:25 PM EST

Offside Canada

Looked like Natalie Spooner just opened the scoring 7 minutes into this game. But Team USA coach Joel Johnson challenges for offside. On a review… ya that was offside.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:19 PM EST

Early observations

Wow. Ann-Renee Desbiens getting across on that Hannah Brandt scoring chance.

I think she got a bit of luck from the post, but that's got movement from Desbiens. Canada needs to be better with their puck management than they were in the preliminary round if they want to win this game.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:16 PM EST

Salvian: What I'm expecting tonight

I have no idea how this game is going to go. These two teams hate each other. And will do everything to try to win because this is it. This is what these women have to work for every four years. Canada should win, they are the best team here. But anything can happen in an Olympic gold medal game.

If I had to have a prediction: The game goes to OT. Marie-Philip Poulin probably scores.

Hailey Salvian
Hailey Salvian·
Staff Writer, Flames

February 16, 2022 at 11:14 PM EST

Gentille: How I see this playing out

I said this in our post with Shayna earlier this week; if the U.S. scores, it’s going to be because Abby Roque made some sort of impact. We’re going to see a lot of those top two American lines — Joel Johnson shortened his bench — so the options are limited.

There’s no reason to pick against the Americans. 4-3 United States, in regulation.

Sean Gentille
Sean Gentille·
Senior Writer, NHL

February 16, 2022 at 11:01 PM EST

Team Canada lineup for tonight's showdown

We're ten minutes away from puck drop, check out the Canadian lineup.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff

February 16, 2022 at 10:49 PM EST

USA women’s hockey takeaways: USA was the better team against Canada, so why didn’t they get the win?

There are plenty of ways to look at Canada’s 4-2 preliminary-round win over the United States on Monday.

Let’s focus on two.

Shayna Goldman
Shayna Goldman
USA women’s hockey takeaways: USA was the better team against Canada, so why didn’t they get the win?

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USA women’s hockey takeaways: USA was the better team against Canada, so why didn’t they get the win?

February 16, 2022 at 10:44 PM EST

Team USA's projected lineup

With just under 20 minutes until puck drop, take a look at the projected lineup for Team USA.

By The Athletic Staff
By The Athletic Staff
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