The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game of the women’s world championship Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., capping a tumultuous few weeks NFL Jerseys Wholesale in which the American players threatened to boycott the tournament as they negotiated a new contract with USA Hockey.
Hilary Knight was again the star of the show, scoring the game-winning goal 10:17 into OT. Per the Associated Press (via the Detroit Free Press), Knight also made a no-look, between-the leg pass to set up a goal by Kacey Bellamy that put the U.S. up 2-1 early in the second period. Bellamy scored the USA’s first goal, too.
Knight also scored the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game at the 2011 world championship.
Stamkos suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 15 and underwent surgery with the expectation he would likely miss most of what remained of the regular season. He was given an initial timetable of four to six months for recovery, though he passed the four-month mark earlier this month.
“Until I feel where I have no restrictions on the ice, I won’t be able to put myself in a position to be the player I know I can be to help my team to the best of my abilities,” Stamkos said. “As of this moment, as of coming off the ice right now, I still don’t feel that way.
“I don’t foresee a thing where I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to feel great all of a sudden. It’s a process. It’s frustrating at times. It’s exciting at times when you see how much progress is made in a short period of time, but it’s a long rehab progression.”
In Stamkos’ absence, the Lightning are looking more and more unlikely to clinch a Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping postseason berth. The team sits five points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference after dropping its last three games. Boston, also on a three-game losing streak, is slated to host Tampa Bay on Thursday.