Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in an Olympic women’s hockey game that featured a controversial third-period goal — and the Americans were quick to share their thoughts on why it was allowed to stand despite a referee’s whistle.
“We thought we heard a whistle before the puck went in the net,” U.S. captain Meghan Duggan told Kevin Allen of USA Today Sports. “They celebrated before the light went on, and the ref made a decision. … If we play them again, we just have to fine-tune some things.”
U.S. teammate Hilary Knight shared a similar sentiment, citing the amount of time the team spent in the penalty box as one of their major problems.
“We had a bunch of penalties, and that didn’t help,” she told Allen.
Within minutes of the controversial goal, people took to Twitter to air their grievances.
This is where the puck was when the whistle blew. http://t.co/L55TyL8Hj3—
World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 12, 2014
The Indianapolis Star‘s Bob Kravitz is in Sochi and tried to use Twitter to sort through the confusion surrounding the goal.
What did replay show? Am I right that the whistle blew before the puck crossed the goal line? I'm almost sure of it.—
Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) February 12, 2014
Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post tweeted what everyone watching the game realized as soon as replay confirmed the goal as good.
That second canada goal IS going to be controversial.—
Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenx) February 12, 2014
While a rematch between Canada and the U.S. in the gold medal game seems inevitable, there won’t be any shortage of debate about their first meeting and the winning goal.
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