Canada wins fourth straight women's hockey gold medal with thrilling win over U.S.

USA's Michelle Picard kneels on the ice as Canada celebrates their overtime win in the gold medal hockey game at the Sochi Winter Olympics Thursday February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Canada's men will play the United States in semi-final action Friday.
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SOCHI, Russia - Canada has won its fourth straight Olympic gold medal in women's hockey — and it happened in dramatic fashion.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored in overtime to beat the Americans 3-2 in a thrilling championship final.

Poulin also scored with 55 seconds left in the third period to send the game to overtime.

Brianne Jenner scored Canada's first goal at 16:34 of the third.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan scored in the second period and Alex Carpenter added a power-play goal in the third at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Shannon Szabados made 27 saves in the Canadian net while Jessie Vetter stopped 28 shots for the U.S.

With the same two goaltenders in the nets, the Canadians beat the U.S. 2-0 four years ago in Vancouver.

The Swiss defeated Sweden 4-3 earlier for Switzerland's first Olympic medal in women's hockey.


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