A look at the growing U.S. – Canada hockey rivalry

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If you look at recent history, Canada has been getting the better of the U.S., especially when it comes to hockey.

As this video shows, many hockey games between the two countries’ teams have been hotly contested, yet Canada has been coming out on top more often than not.

When you throw in some other noteworthy results, the rivalry – and in the case of the United States, the urge to get a little sporting revenge – only grows stronger.

Most obviously, Sidney Crosby scored that golden goal to give Canada that memorable OT win in 2010’s title game against the U.S. Canada won a memorable 2002 gold-medal game that seemed to close a chapter on a generation of legends for both sides, Olympics-wise (the likes of Mario Lemieux for Canada and Brian Leetch for the U.S. either retired shortly afterward).

Naturally, there’s also Thursday’s come-from-behind women’s hockey gold win. Beyond that, Canada edged the U.S. in some other sports, including the inaugural edition of women’s snowboard slopestyle.

Again, here’s that fascinating video of that budding rivalry.