Defending champion Canada beat 2010 Vancouver bronze victor Finland 4-1, while the three-time Olympic silver medalist Americans showed no mercy to the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) with a 5-0 victory.
"We know we have the next game", Stauber said.
It seems to go Canada's way often at the Olympics.
Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win women's hockey gold at the Olympics. "We're going to give 100 percent".
But Thursday the rewards didn't come.
Geneviève Lacasse made 44 saves for Canada and stopped Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson on a penalty shot at 14:08 of the second period. Not in the second period, when Jocelyn Lamourex-Davidson was awarded a penalty shot, went forehand, backhand, forehand, backhand and then watched her shot ricochet off the knob of Lacasse's stick.More news: CNN analyst breaks down crying while talking about Florida shooting
Brianna Decker hit the post on a final United States shot and a scramble in front of the Canada goal for the puck led to pushes, shoves and two roughing penalties well after the final horn. He was a member of the US squad that won bronze in 2006. We've got some awesome forwards with some poise and patience and some great shots.
On the disallowed goal, Schuler said she did not get an explanation but had no beef with the decision, saying the scoreboard showed it didn't cross the goal-line. "I didn't wink. I just looked at her".
When asked after the game if he was concerned about not being able to convert so many offensive chances, Stauber insisted he wasn't. "And pucks either end up over the line or they don't".
Now, it's four goals in the last five games against the Canadians.
But for all the shoves and elbows, the contest was at the same time a shining showcase for the beauty of the women's game played at the highest level.
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While body checking is forbidden in women's hockey, the game was a scrappy affair which would be expected from a rivalry that both sides have routinely described as "a war".
Canada stands at the top of Group A, despite both teams being 2-0, thanks to having scored one more goal (nine) than the Americans (eight).
Nurse then took things into her own hands and flicked a wrister into the top shelf for the second goal and additional breathing room for Lacasse.
Finland, who beat the Russians to take the third seeding, will meet sixth-seeded Sweden on Saturday for the right to play the Americans, and the fourth-seeded Russians take on fifth-seeded Switzerland to earn a spot against Canada.
Most everyone expects a U.S. Amanda Kessel said after Thursday's game that the US did enough to at least put a bit of doubt into the minds of the Canadians.
"It's always a battle, especially playing the U.S.", Agosta said. "So we just gotta find a way to get those hard-nosed goals". The man credited with coming up with the concept of a hand-picked team was Father David Bauer, a Catholic priest, and brother to NHLer Bobby Bauer, who coached teams at St. Michael's College and the University of British Columbia. The question is whether or not it will come in the next week.More news: Karnataka: At least three killed in building collapse, many feared trapped
"I had a lot of adrenaline", Lacasse said.