D’oh Canada! The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team’s Crushing Gold-Medal Loss in Three GIFs

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Feb. 20 2014 3:47 PM

D’oh Canada! The U.S. Women’s Hockey Team’s Crushing Gold-Medal Loss in Three GIFs

Slate will have more on the amazing (if you're Canadian) and truly heartbreaking (if you're American) women's hockey gold-medal game shortly. But for now this GIF will give you an idea of just how close the Americans came to winning their first gold medal since 1998.

GIF: This is how close Team USA came to icing the game. Canad... on Twitpic

Canada, trailing 2–1 with less than 2:00 to go in the third, pulled its goalie in exchange for an extra attacker. A shot from the opposite blue line (aided by interference from a referee) came within inches of finding the Canadian net and giving Team USA an insurance goal that would have iced the game. Instead, the puck struck the post head-on.

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Less than 30 seconds later, Team Canada—still playing without a goalie and with an extra attacker—tied things up 2–2, sending a game the Americans once thought was theirs to overtime.

GIF: Canada ties the gold medal game with 54.6 seconds remain... on Twitpic

And then, halfway through the extra period with Canada on a 5–3 power play, Marie-Philip Poulin netted the golden goal that ended one of the best hockey games you'll ever see.

GIF: Canada wins the gold medal in OT on Twitpic

(GIFs via @PeteBlackburn)

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.