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U.S. women lose hockey gold in heartbreaking fashion

Meghan Duggan of the United States (10), right, reacts after Canada won 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal women's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
Meghan Duggan of the United States (10), right, reacts after Canada won 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal women's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A two-goal lead blown in the final four minutes. A long shot that clanged off the post of an empty net. Two perplexing penalties in overtime, setting up a golden goal for Canada.

The U.S. women's hockey team has lost late in the last three Olympics, but never in such preposterously heartbreaking fashion as this 3-2 defeat on Thursday night.

While the Canadians received their fourth straight gold medals, the Americans were left blank-faced and crying at Bolshoy Ice Dome, still unable to comprehend the silver around their necks.

Kelli Stack, who nearly became an improbable hero with a long clearing attempt that hit the right post, says "to let them come back in the gold-medal game at the Olympics is the worst feeling in the world."

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