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Canada scores go-ahead goal vs. USA on controversial call

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Hayley Wickenheiser celebrates after scoring a goal past USA's Jessie Vetter. (Reuters)
Hayley Wickenheiser celebrates after scoring a goal past USA's Jessie Vetter. (Reuters)

What would USA-Canada be without some controversy?

In the third period of Wednesday's round-robin game between the USA and Canada, a puck was trickling toward the American cage as it snuck behind goalie Jessie Vetter. The puck slightly disappeared from view for a second and that's where the confusion set in.

As the puck trickled toward the goal line, the referees blew the whistle. The question was if it blew before or after the puck eventually went in. Immediately the Canadians celebrated the score and the horn sounded in Sochi.

After the review, the referees called it a good goal, despite the fact that the puck seemed to be short of the goal line at the time of the whistle. Here's a look at where the puck was when the whistle blew.

It's tough to see how after a review, why that goal would stand. The whistle definitely did blow before the puck went in and that's not much of a question. Certainly it could be argued and deserves to be pointed out, the play probably shouldn't have been blown dead in the first place but we see it all the time in the NHL. If the referees lose sight of the puck, the whistle has to blow and the play is dead.

Would of, could of, should of ... at the end it was called a good goal and gave Canada a 2-1 lead. Those are the breaks.

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