Women's ice hockey
To borrow a phrase that seems to have gained enormous currency among athletes here at the 21st Winter Games, I [naughty-worded] up.
The Canadian goaltender who blanked the Americans to win gold on Thursday was 23-year old Shannon Szabados, not Kim St Pierre. I got the respective numbers mixed up, 33 and 31, and once the idea got into my head it was firmly locked there. It is regrettable, and there is no excuse. But whoever she was, that was some darn good goaltending, eh?
All done at 5:33 pm. PT Canada wins gold with 2-0 shutout of USA.
Final shots: Canada 29, USA 28.
Update: USA defenseman Molly Engstrom named tournament's best blueliner. Teammates Angela Ruggiero (D), Molly Engstrom (D) and Jenny Potter (F)) all were names to the all-star team.
Cahow thwarts 2-on-1 Canadian break-in at 17:00. Still 2-0.
Midway through period, Canadians still with 2-0 lead.
Chants of ''Can-a-da!....Can-a-da'' erupt when hosts rush puck.
Puck down at 5:05 p.m., PT
End of 40:00, Canadians still with 2-0 lead. USA better able to penetrate offensive zone, mount pressure. Yanks with 21-18 shot lead after two periods.
USA very effective with man-advantage late in period but still unable to put one by Szabados.
10:01 -- US penalty, Cahow, hooking.
10:50 to go in second, Canada still with 2-0 lead.
Canadians twice called for delay of game, at 2:35 and 2:58. Yanks unable to score powser-play goal. Best chance comes at 4:32 when Duggans pushes top-of-crease backhander on net, but Szabados drops to butterfly for easy stop.
Yanks get right to net, forcing Szabados to make two quick saves in opening 20 seconds. USA looks more willing to battle. Perhaps they've shaken the jitters?
Puck down at 4:21 p.m, ET.
First 20:00 complete. Host Canadians in lead, 2-0, on strength of 8-7 shot advantage.
Canada moves to 2-0 lead at 16:50. Poulin smacks in second of game with short forehand shovel from slot, beating Vetter glove side, about a foot off the ice. Even strength, 4-on-4.
Canada takes 1-0 led at 13:55. Poulin smacks one-timer slapper from dot in left wing faceoff circle to top right corner, by Vetter's glove hand. Sides skating full strength.
Puck is down at 3:35 pm, PT.
Sluggish start for both sides. Must be tough for both clubs to face good competition, after seeing such little resistance since arriving at Olympus.
Greetings from just off center ice at Canada Hockey Place, where in just a few minutes Team USA and Team Canada will drop the puck to determine which side of the border can claim to have the best women's hockey team in the world.
Back soon with game updates.
Familiar foes: Can we admit it now? A US-Canada showdown in the women's gold medal game was inevitable from the beginning, or at the very least once it was clear this young, rebuilt version of the US team would not take Sweden -- which pulled off a stunning upset over the Americans in 2006 at Turin, Italy -- lightly. But that's not to suggest it's a tired rivalry. The US enters as underdogs searching for its first gold since 1998. Canada enters as the favorite, and its should be bolstered by a rowdy home crowd that thirsts for gold. But only a fool writes off a team that has Jenny Potter and Angela Ruggiero on its side. Expect another memorable chapter to the rivalry. 6:30 p.m.
Competition and emotion: South Korea's Kim Yu Na, who was spectacular in the short program Tuesday night, comes in to the women's free program as the heavy favorite to win gold. But all eyes -- including more than a few teary ones -- will be on Canada's Joannie Rochette, who mustered the strength to finish third in the short program despite the sudden death of her mother, Therese, of a heart attack Sunday. One programming note: Be sure to check back right here tonight, when the Globe's John Powers provides instant analysis during and after the program. 8 p.m.
And don't forget . . . Jeret Peterson takes to the air at Cypress Mountain in the finals of the men's aerials. He says he will break out "The Hurricane," his daring -- and incredibly dangerous, given its five midair spins and three flips -- signature move. If he lands it, he could leave with some gold. 9 p.m.
Semi-tough? The women's hockey semifinals begin at noon when the United States takes on Sweden. The US, led by hat-trick specialist Jenny Potter, has been rolling, outscoring its three Group B opponents, 31-1. But if the US men's hockey team's instant-classic 5-3 victory over Canada last night wasn't reminder enough that upsets can happen, all the US women have to do is remember Turin, Italy four years ago, when they were stunned by -- yep, Sweden -- in the semifinals. 3 p.m.
And don't forget . . . Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the US enter tonight's free dance trailing Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by 2.60 points in the ice dancing competition. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto of the US, silver medalists in Turin, are fourth. We're pretty sure there won't be any controversial Aboriginal costumes in this one, but I suppose you never know. 7:45 p.m.