There’s nothing new about Canada being better than the USA in Hockey. However, that doesn’t make the rivalry any less intense, and the Canadians winning in the World Cup of Hockey game between the two results in some mocking tweets and memes.
With losses to Canada and Team Europe in the weird NHL organized tournament, USA fans are now probably moving on to Team North American, which is an U-23 team, which also might not make the next round, already losing to Russia, with one more game left to play.
For players like Phil Kessel, this seems to be a moment of gloating. He expected to be called up and wasn’t, so watching Team USA lose to Canada 4-2 didn’t really pinch any patriotic nerve in his body. Instead, it made him smile, feeling like him being on the ice would have made a difference.