USA, Canada set for ‘battle of the ages’

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The U.S. women’s hockey team has had plenty of success in recent years, but one achievement has eluded the club for two decades. They came close in the 2010 Winter Games, even closer during the Sochi Olympics, but the Americans have been chasing the gold medal since they won the inaugural edition of the women’s tournament in 1998. Men’s Hockey: CZE def. USA 3-2 (SO)

The 20-year drought almost seems like a typo for a program that has won three consecutive world championships and eight of the past 10. Now, in its fifth gold-medal showdown against Canada, the United States will try to set the record straight (Feb. 21, 11:10 p.m. ET NBCSN | LIVE STREAM).

But, as the U.S. looks to flip the script, you can bet the Canadians want nothing more than a fifth successive Olympic gold medal.

“Everyone’s plans are falling into place. You have two great opponents at the end,” Canadian head coach Laura Schuler explained. “It’s awesome on the world’s biggest stage for everybody to watch two powerhouses go at it.”

Oliver Jung contributed to this story.

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