An inch to the right: US women blow a 2-goal lead, lose hockey gold in heartbreaking fashion

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Meghan Duggan of the United States (10), right, reacts after Canada won 3-2 in overtime of the gold medal women's ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A two-goal lead blown in the final four minutes. A long shot that clanged off the post of an empty net. Two perplexing penalties in overtime, setting up a golden goal for Canada.

The U.S. women's hockey team has lost late in the last three Olympics, but never in such preposterously heartbreaking fashion as this 3-2 defeat on Thursday night.

While the Canadians received their fourth straight gold medals, the Americans were left blank-faced and crying at Bolshoy Ice Dome, still unable to comprehend the silver around their necks.

Kelli Stack, who nearly became an improbable hero with a long clearing attempt that hit the right post, says "to let them come back in the gold-medal game at the Olympics is the worst feeling in the world."

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