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Watch the absolutely amazing goal that helped USA Hockey beat Canada

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In the annals of sports, there are some iconic game-winning shots that will forever be embedded in the memories of fans.

Michael Jordan’s final shot as a Chicago Bull in the 1998 NBA Finals, a dagger of a game-winner over the Utah Jazz’s Bryon Russell, is among those moments.

Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series helped spark the Dodgers to a championship, and nobody could forget the hobbled and injured Gibson rounding the bases.

Joe Montana’s touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the back of the end zone during the 1982 NFC championship game was so iconic that it was dubbed simply “The Catch.”

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s wicked goal in the sixth frame of the shootout of the 2018 Winter Olympics women’s hockey championship game will now join those unforgettable moments.

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The moment had everything. The smooth deke. The goal. The epic fist pump.

Oh, and the gold medals.

Team USA toppled the dynastic Team Canada, the four-time defending Olympic champion, in a 3-2 shootout win Thursday.

As much credit as Lamoureux-Davidson deserves for her utter dismantling of Team Canada goalie Shannon Szabados on that goal, Team USA’s goalie deserves a ton of credit too.

Maddie Rooney’s save is what ultimately preserved the win for the United States. It’s also worth noting that Rooney is only 20 years old and had the weight of an entire country’s expectations resting on her shoulders.

Both goalies had been playing fantastically. Szabados notched 42 saves in a losing effort. Rooney had 31 saves.

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The historical ramifications of the win can’t be stated enough.

The win was America’s first women’s hockey gold medal in 20 years. Not since the event was first introduced in Nagano in 1998 had America captured gold in the event.

There was also a bit of historical symmetry, with the women’s hockey win coming on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. men’s “Miracle on Ice” win over the Soviets.

For the American women, the win helps erase the bitter taste of defeat when Canada upended them in 2014 in overtime.

For Canada, its decades-spanning streak of four straight gold medals came to a screeching halt.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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