BEIJING – Captain Clutch of Canada Marie-Philippe Poulin has performed again at the Olympics.
Pulin scored twice, including her third gold medal, and Canada regained its place at the top of women’s hockey, finishing in the Beijing Games with a 3-2 victory over reigning US champions on Thursday (Wednesday evening Pacific Time). ).
Anne-Rene Desbiens stopped 38 shots, and Sarah Merc scored a goal and contributed to the game, where the Canadians increased 3-0 and held on to victory. The nurse set a record for the singles tournament with 18 points.
The Canadians finished 7-0 and spent time in Beijing, demonstrating a dynamic, deep and relentless attack to win their fifth Olympic title in seven tournaments, with four played by the Americans in one of the toughest and longest running competitions in the sport. .
No less important is the fact that Canada has recovered from the shocking loss of gold medals by bulls with a score of 3-2 from the United States at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Canada now boasts both Olympic and championship titles, and for the first time since 2012. The victory in Beijing came almost six months after Pulin’s goal in overtime cemented Canada’s 3-2 victory over the United States in the world tournament. stopped a series of Americans, winning five consecutive tournament titles.
Hillary Knight, the only constant threat from the Americans in the tournament, scored her sixth goal for the team in a quick sprint to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Amanda Kessel scored a goal in the 14 seconds left during the frantic fight ahead to score, and the U.S. goal was empty for the extra striker.
Alex Cavalini stopped 18 shots in his fourth starting tournament.
The Americans, who have two Olympic gold medals, contented themselves with a fourth silver medal, all losses from Canada.
Pulin continued to play according to the nickname she received for scoring crucial goals in big games and especially against the Americans. She scored both goals to bolster Canada’s 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Games in 2010. Four years later in Sochi, Pulin scored in overtime to win gold medals over the Americans again.
Pulin bet on the Canadians to lead 2-0 with 4:34 remaining in the first period and then made the score 3-0 due to an odd 9:08 jerk in the second period. The nurse drove up to the right wing and fed Brianna Jenner, whose slap was stopped by Cavalini. The rebound was considered by Pulin, who immediately fired from the left side of the net and threw it into Cavalini’s skates.
Knight’s 3:21 goal, which remained in the second period, provided the Americans with life, but in the third period they could not earn their chances. Alex Carpenter had two chances in five minutes, only to have her one-off from the left circle hit the crossbar and then get Desbiense on a partial break.
It was a long and bumpy journey back for the Canadians, who were forced to invent themselves in three years under coach Troy Ryan. The low point came after Canada settled for bronze at the 2019 World Cup, which was the first in the history of tournaments when the country failed to reach the title match.
In Beijing, the Canadians crossed the field, beating opponents with a total score of 57-10, including a 4-2 win over the US in a group game last week.
The U.S. didn’t have enough defense to restrain the Canadians ’aggressive attack, as well as an attack to match them, especially without main center Brian Decker, who broke his left leg in the first match of the tournament.
The Americans spent those two weeks struggling to complete the odds, and they entered the game, finishing fifth out of 10 teams in efficiency, scoring just 28 goals with 334 shots leading the tournament.
The problems were most evident a minute before Pulin scored and led Canada 2-0. Canada’s coup in the neutral zone caused Abby Rocke, Decker’s replacement, to rise to the left. Instead of waiting for her teammates to get the zone, Roque made a weak shot into the net, which Desbiense easily suffocated.
A minute later, two American forwards lazily played an attempt to clear Megan Keller. Pulin beat the Americans to the puck, turned to the goal and struck a blow that seemed to look at defender Savannah Harman.
Canada actually scored three times in the opening period only to have their first goal, scored by Natalie Spooner, rejected after an offside video review. The repetitions clearly showed that the nurse was offside.
It didn’t seem to matter. The nurse scored 54 seconds into the cleaning to the left of the U.S. goal. Pulin won the throw-in and returned it to Claire Thompson, who made a low hard pass through the middle that the Nurse redirected to the right bar.