Women’s hockey shootout at the Olympics

Crikey, I missed the women’s hockey in the Olympics too, and this shootout, in which they snatched gold from the jaws of Canada, suggest that the teams are damn good. I love these shootouts where the shooter does all kinds of sneaky stuff to get the puck past the goalie. This is impressive:

27 Comments

  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    yes, and as I mentioned before, we were lucky to have a team play in the Olympics. They were fighting for equality of pay with the men’s team, who of course did not do well.

  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I tuned in just in time to see the shoot out. It was indeed pretty intense.

  3. Mark Reaume
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”

    Probably wise for the uploader to not make this available in Canada. 🙂

    I mentioned this in another thread so I won’t go on about it here: it is a shame (IMHO) to decide a gold medal for a team event on an individual skills competition. Like deciding the world series on a home run competition.

    Having said that, the rivalry between the Canadian and US women’s hockey teams is legendary. I look forward to the time when other countries have developed their hockey programs so that other rivalries can be developed as well.

    • nwalsh
      Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      +1 Mark, a shootout is a terrible way of deciding such an important event, in fact the NHL is thinking of extending the highly popular 3 on 3 overtime from 5 to 7 minutes to have even less shootouts.

      • BJ
        Posted March 1, 2018 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        They could just get rid of the shootout altogether and go back to having ties if overtime doesn’t decide things, but Lil’ Gary B thought the shootout was a great idea and, damn it, he’s not going to go back now. That would be admitting that he’s not always right, and he definitely totally is.

    • mikeyc
      Posted February 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      It is an unfortunate part of the game, like penalty kicks in soccer. There are few options in tied knockout games in sports like soccer and hockey; by the end of overtime play the limits of human endurance are tested.

      • loren russell
        Posted February 28, 2018 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

        OT works much more efficiently in hockey than in soccer, particularly when you go to 3-on-3 in the former. Somebody WILL score. And don’t forget that lines are subbed in very frequently in hockey, while soccer has very limited sub rules and no re-entry.

        Soccer could go to cricket-match lengths, especially if both teams are in defensive filibuster. There, the best substitute to shoot-out would be to sub-in Archimedes.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted March 2, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

        by the end of overtime play the limits of human endurance are tested.

        No, that’s more with the marathoneers crawling over the line three days after starting. Or maybe Mawson on the “Worst Journey In the World”. Or, since we’re talking modern sports, Hermann Buhl’s amphetamine-fueled first ascent of Nanga Parbat.
        I hadn’t noticed the Olympics had ended. But delaying the ending by an hour or two as the individual players in the hockey keel over one by one shouldn’t have done any more than sell a few more advertising slots and some politicians on a later plane home.
        Does anyone remember the Davis-Taylor final ball shootout in 1985. That’s how you take it to the finish line. And if it’s a couple of hours late so what? That didn’t even mean additional advertising sales.

    • Posted February 28, 2018 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

      I also got “The uploader has not made this video available in your country.” – and I’m in Switzerland. 😦

      • W.Benson
        Posted February 28, 2018 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

        Same for Brazil.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted March 1, 2018 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      “The uploader has not made this video available in your country”

      Same here in NZ

      Well fuck you, NBC Sports

      I look forward to the time when uploaders who try to restrict viewing of their uploads are banned from Youtube.

      cr

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    This version is viewable in the UK & no doubt other countries too:

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      Damn – that’s the Mens

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

      Can’t find a non-NBC copy that isn’t talking heads nonsense. Single channel subscription sports is such a pain – there must be a better way of arranging these things.

      • W.Benson
        Posted February 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        Cable is a racket.

  5. Craw
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Curling shoot-outs are *way* more exciting.

    • mikeyc
      Posted February 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

      + 😀

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Yeah. Those hairdressers can be bitches. The 3 inch plastic fingernails that can take your eye out. And the girls are as bad.

  6. Posted February 28, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    The Canadian women would have won in regulation time had they avoided an inept change.

    Shoot outs suck, BTW.

    • Dave B
      Posted March 1, 2018 at 10:40 am | Permalink

      ..and all those penalties. They started out playing the US women’s the same way they always do (rough), and the US women’s team was far more disciplined. The US team was also fast that works better on the larger Olympic size rink.

      Great game though. The final and the first one they played were the best games I saw, including the men’s games. Such fierce rivalry.

      • Posted March 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

        Yes, a truly great game. Both teams wanted it so badly and they played all out. The Canadian women looked devasted receiving their silver medals.

  7. loren russell
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    More alternatives to shoot-outs in hockey

    1. Take out both goalies, and shoot rink-length. Defensive team gets to sweep ice in front of puck to blue-line, then offense sweeps rest of way.

    2. LeMans start: Players must put on skates and pads, then pull stick out of tangled pile. If late to the stick, just drop gloves and slug someone.

    3. Hansen brothers 3-on-3. Both teams bring out their Hansens. Ref takes all their glasses, and exits ice.

    • BJ
      Posted March 1, 2018 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      Gary Bettman just read this, printed it out, ran to Bill Daly, and asked if they “could please please please do this. There would be more goals and we’ll get new fans!”

  8. Jim Ritchey
    Posted February 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Yes, they should play another period of 3 on 3, if the 4 on 4 doesn’t settle it. Shoot out do suck but the Americans deserved the win and definitely got the better of the play. They were unlucky to lose their first game against the Canadian team, (lost 2-1) almost doubling the shots on net statistic and hit 3 goal posts which don’t even count as a shot on net. I’m Canadian but can’t help being objective.

    • Dave B
      Posted March 1, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Canadian goalie in the first game (not the same one in the second game) was on fire. She was also getting inside the heads of the Americans with some taunts (you could tell by all the stinky eyes cast her way).

  9. David Coxill
    Posted March 1, 2018 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Maybe it is a sign of the times but when i saw the headline i thought another gun nut on the loose ,got to say don’t know anything about any sport ,so the headline might sound ok to those that do.

  10. Diane G.
    Posted March 1, 2018 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I, too, lament the existence of shootouts…but what a thrilling series and great play all around!


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