It's the fourth time in five Olympics that the United States and Canada will meet in the gold medal game. Canada holds a 2-1 edge over the Americans in Olympic championship games, and it also beat them 3-2 in a preliminary round last week that the U.S. players took as a warning.
"Whenever film sessions run 30 minutes or longer, it's not the happiest moment," U.S. forward Monique Lamoureux said after the team's last full practice before the gold medal game. "I got called out, and a lot of people did. We took it to heart.
"After that, we felt a lot better because we know we can do better and we will do better."
The U.S. recovered for a 6-1 victory over Sweden in the semifinal to set up the expected gold medal rematch. Canada beat Switzerland 3-1.
Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin said the team feels pressure to win but "it's a good pressure."
"We have a lot of support in Canada," she said. "So we'll be ready."
The teams moved from the temporary Shayba Arena to the larger Bolshoy Ice Dome next door for their final workouts Wednesday. Canada went first on the practice rink inside the 12,000-seat Ice Dome, where Sweden and Switzerland will play for the bronze medal Thursday afternoon before the championship.
"I don't get nervous. It's just another game," said Canada defenseman Jocelyne Larocque, who was one of the last players cut before the Vancouver Games four years ago. "You just focus on the present and not try to think like it's bigger than it really is."
The puck, the rink, the clock are all just like they always are.
"Everything is the same," she said, "other than it's for an Olympic gold medal."