Canada defeats USA to win Olympic gold in women’s hockey

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Captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice to lead Canada to a 3-2 win over the United States in the gold medal game at Wukesong Sports Centre. Sarah Nurse added a goal and an assist while Ann-Renée Desbiens, stopping 38 of 40 shots, earned the win in net.

It’s the fifth time Canada has won gold in women’s hockey at an Olympic Games but the first since Sochi 2014. Canada fell 3-2 to the United States in the championship contest at PyeongChang 2018, ending a streak of four straight gold medals. Since women’s hockey was added to the Olympic program at Nagano 1998, Canada and the United States have met in six of the seven gold medal matches.

Canada entered the game with a 6-0 record in Beijing while the Americans were 5-1. The Canadians went 4-0 in the preliminary round, which included a 4-2 victory over the U.S. where Desbiens made 51 saves. Canada then went on to defeat Sweden 11-0 in the quarterfinals and Switzerland 10-3 in the semifinals to advance to the gold medal game.

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