Thursday, February 20, 2014

A fantastic end to the women's gold medal game

From where I sit it looks like the world was treated to an amazing display of hockey...


Canada and the USA put on a show that has given the womens game it's first 'where were you?' moment. Henderson, Lemieux, Crosby, even names like Sittler and Bossy have their place in the lore of Canadian hockey. Now Poulin has added her name to that list. There had never been a game at this level to produce a finish this stirring. Yes, there have been many dramatic finishes at the Worlds, but this is the Olympics. The world was watching, and we got our moneys worth. Both teams were at their finest. Sadly, the same can't be said for the officiating. It was decent at the best. Awful at the worst. And in overtime it was terrible. Yes, the call against Ward was a penalty. Should it have been called? Probably not. The first American penalty (Lamoureux) was nothing more than a make-up call. All that lead up to the necessary call against Hillary Knight, all of which could have been prevented by a non-call against Ward. In spite of that, it was still a fantastic game.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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