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Canada gets its revenge against Team USA with dominant Olympic women's hockey gold medal win

The United States’s bid for repeat women’s hockey gold medals at the Olympics is over.

On Thursday, Canada bested the United States — and got their long-awaited revenge — in the women’s hockey gold medal match 3-2 at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Coming into the tournament final, Canada had dominated the competition, outscoring opponents 54-8 and going fully undefeated en route to their fifth Olympic gold since 2002.

Sarah Nurse kicked off the scoring for Canada eight minutes into the game on a gorgeous set play off a face-off and the team never looked back, taking a 3-0 lead midway through the game. Hilary Knight opened the scoring for the United States in the final few minutes of the second on a great penalty kill effort, but outside of Amanda Kessel’s last-second tally in the final seconds of the game, Team USA could not find the equalizer.

Canadian legend — and perpetual thorn in the side of Americans for years — Marie-Philip Poulin was a major deciding factor in this one, scoring two goals en route to her third Olympic gold. Also making major strides at these Games was Nurse, who broke the Olympic record for most points in a single tournament (18).

Though there’s no shame in winning silver at these Olympic games, it’s a tough pill to swallow for Team USA against their bitter rivals. This Canadian team is the most dominant we’ve seen in years, but it did not feel like the United States was coached to their full potential, between the benching of key defensive players and having an abysmal power play percentage with such talent on their roster.

Here’s how the hockey world reacted to yet another intense gold medal bout between the United States and Canada.

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