But it wouldn't take long for Canada to answer.
The deeper a w0men's hockey gold-medal game for the ages went into overtime, the more the ugly possibility of a dissatisfying ending lingered.
The move caught the eyes of US fans in the audience, who yelled, "Put your medal on!" according to the Globe and Mail. Jocelyne Lamoureux got the winning shootout tally for the USA, while 20-year-old goalie Maddie Rooney denied Canada on its final attempt to seal the victory.
Fans rejoiced in a way that no one could've imagined back in those Lake Placid days, sharing memes and joy on social media.
Their triumph also avenged the defeats they suffered to Canada in the final of the last two competitions in Sochi and Vancouver.
Maddie Rooney couldn't stop smiling.
It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold away in Sochi.
Monique Lamoureux-Morando equalized for the United States with less than seven minutes remaining in the game, sending it into an overtime period in which both goalkeepers were forced into saves.
When it came time to receive her silver medal, a disappointed Larocque didn't want any part of it.
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GAME NOTES: In some ways, it's no wonder that the USA outshot and outscored the Canadians with seven power plays to the northerners' two.
Knight gave the US a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados' pads giving the Americans a jolt of energy. Haley Irwin levelled the score two minutes into the second period, with Marie-Philip Poulin giving the four-time defending champions the lead five minutes later with a long-range strike.
Rooney said she's been told it's important to stay calm under pressure.
"The U.S. has been waiting for something like this and needing a sort of spark", he said.
The officiating was a little questionable throughout the contest, but the most egregious missed call came in the third period when Poulin crushed USA's Brianna Decker, who was trying to put a loose puck on net, with a big hit in front of the Canadian net.
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A sloppy line change by Canada left Lamoureux-Morando all alone in front of Szabados and she buried her chance to tie it 2-2 at 13:39 of the third.
That goal helped deliver overtime, but overtime didn't help deliver a victor.
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