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Winter Olympics 2014: Canada vs USA Women's Hockey Gold Medal Recap

One, two, three, breathe. Canada's women have struck hockey gold a fourth straight time.

Harry How

What. A. Game.

In what will go down as one of the best hockey games in Olympic history, Canada defeated the USA by a score of 3-2.

The USA led the game 2-0 until the three minute mark in the third period, where Brianne Jenner finally cracked the goose egg for Canada.

With less than a minute left in the game, 2010 hero Marie-Philip Poulin tied the game and sent the entire country into elation.

It was a fantastic game, there's no other way of putting it. A tight checking affair that contained plenty of speed, skill, intensity. Jessie Vetter and Shannon Szabados were both called upon early, and often. Both goalies made a number of quality saves, but more-so Szabados, who kept Canada in the game when it counted.

Although their specialty teams left a little to be desired, Canada carried the majority of the play while even strength, and used their size to negate the superior American speed.

However, at one point it looked like it was all for naught, as Canada failed to get many high quality second chances, and seemed to be gripping their sticks a little too tight. Frustrating defensive play by the Lamoureux twins helped the USA hold the advantage for the first two periods, combined with some timely offensive play by the likes of Hilary Knight and Alex Carpenter.

As the over time period started both nations held their breath. Several penalties led to some odd match ups (4 on 3, 3 on 3) which of course meant there was a frenzy of chances on the wide open ice.

Marie-Philip Poulin decided to play the hero once again, by beating Vetter to capture Canada's fourth gold medal in a row. The game itself was almost decided by some intereference ran by a linesman late in the third period, but thankfully for Canada the error only led to the Americans hitting the post on an empty net.

Let it never be said that women's hockey is not intense or entertaining to watch. That ranks as one of the best games I've ever watched in my 20+ years of hockey viewership.

The American women deserve credit, they went out on their shields after putting up a good effort.

The Canadian women deserve to be proud, as they ripped victory from the jaws of defeat.

All and all it was a great game, and a fantastic way to promote the women's side of hockey.

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