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:
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February 17, 2022 at 12:37 AM EST
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.
February 17, 2022 at 12:27 AM EST
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.
February 17, 2022 at 12:20 AM EST
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.
February 17, 2022 at 12:19 AM EST
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.
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February 17, 2022 at 12:05 AM EST
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.
February 17, 2022 at 12:03 AM EST
The stats are flying during the first intermission. For the U.S., most of them are bad.
“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.”
February 16, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:50 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:46 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:45 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:42 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:32 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:28 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:25 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:19 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:16 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:14 PM EST
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.
February 16, 2022 at 11:01 PM EST
We're ten minutes away from puck drop, check out the Canadian lineup.
February 16, 2022 at 10:49 PM EST
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.
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
With just under 20 minutes until puck drop, take a look at the projected lineup for Team USA.