The Los Angeles Kings honored the United States women's hockey team prior to their game Monday night against the Vegas Golden Knights at Staples Center. For the first time since 1998, the United States won the gold medal in women's hockey at the Olympic Winter Games as they defeated Canada 3-2 in a shootout at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In addition to attending the Kings game, the U.S. women's hockey team made an appearance on Ellen that will be shown at a later date.
In the gold medal game, the United States got a shootout winner from Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored in the sixth round. The goal came after Jocelyne's twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Morando scored the game tying goal with 6:21 left in the third period to tie the game at two.
The United States won the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's hockey at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. For the four Olympic Winter Games from 2002 to 2014, the United States came away with three silver medals and one bronze medal, despite winning the Women's World Hockey Championship five times in those 12 years. Since 2014, the United States have won three consecutive Women's World Hockey Championships, but entered the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang as the underdog as they were beaten regularly by Canada in pre-tournament games.
The Kings obviously got inspiration from the United States women's Olympic hockey team as they beat the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday 3-2 in overtime on a game winning goal by Dustin Brown on the power play. The Kings then beat the Golden Knights again on Tuesday thanks to a brilliant performance by Jack Campbell, who made 41 saves. It appears that Campbell will be the regular backup to Jonathan Quick for the Kings since Los Angeles traded Darcy Kuemper to the Arizona Coyotes, and that the Kings decided to send down Scott Wedgewood (who they acquired in the Kuemper deal) to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.
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