Canada beats USA, takes women’s hockey gold

BEIJING (AP) — Canada defeated the United States 3-2 on Thursday in a new matchup between the two great rivals, who were vying for the gold medal in women’s hockey at the Beijing Olympics.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and assisted on Sarah Nurse’s goal to add another chapter to her legacy as Canada’s captain. Goalkeeper Ann-Renee Desbiens made 38 saves and was at her best under pressure.

Canada won Olympic gold for the fifth time in seven times since the introduction of women’s hockey at the 1998 Nagano Games. The defending United States settled for silver for the fourth time.

American star Hilary Knight scored and Amanda Kessel added another with 13.5 seconds remaining, but they were unable to get past Desbiens again to force extra time.

It was Canada’s fourth gold coin from the Beijing Games.

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