American flags waved, tears streamed down the players’ faces and Team USA embraced the moment with its most significant group hug on the ice in 20 years. “It’s a little bittersweet right now because we won,” said forward Hilary Knight, who scored the first goal for Team USA in Thursday’s game.
Team U.S.A winner
Team USA finally added a second gold to the one it captured in 1998 when women’s hockey made its Olympic debut in Nagano. Team USA won silver in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze in 2006. One Canadian player immediately removed her medal from around her neck at the victory ceremony. Team USA and Team Canada had previously faced each other seven times since 1998 at the Games, four times for the gold medal. Canada had won four straight Olympic golds, three times beating the United States in the final including twice in overtime.