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Canada defeats U.S., 2-0, to win gold in women's hockey

February 25, 2010 |  5:50 pm

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Canada defeated the U.S., 2-0, on Thursday to win the women's hockey gold medal in a third straight Olympics.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored both goals and Shannon Szabados made 28 saves before a raucous Vancouver crowd.

After Poulin's two first-period scores, the Canadians dominated every aspect of the game.

When the puck went to center ice and time expired, the Canadians skated into a massive pile-up near their goal. Cheering fans threw flags to the players, and they raised the banners or wrapped them around their shoulders as capes.

 “I looked up in the stands and saw a sign that said, 'Proud to be Canadian,' and that's what I am today,” Szabados said. “My teammates were unbelievable today. We played a great game, and this is an incredible moment.”

Jessie Vetter made 27 saves for the Americans, whose offense evaporated in front of Szabados and the Canadian defense. The potent power play that produced 13 goals in the last four games went 0-for-6, and the Canadians consistently won most of the battles in a physical, grinding game.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Canada celebrates its gold medal. Credit: Guy Rhodes, U.S. Presswire.

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