SOCHI, Russia (USA TODAY) - Oh, Canada, the women's Olympic hockey gold medal still belongs to thee.
Marie-Philip Poulin scored on an overtime power play, completing a furious rally by the four-time Olympic champions.
Withthe goalie pulled in favor of an extra attacker with 54.6 seconds leftin regulation, Poulin also scored from the slot to tie the game at 2-2.With 1:20 left, an American clearing attempt had hit the post in theCanada empty net.
With 3:29 to go in regulation, Brianne Jennerscored to cut the margin to a goal. Her shot hit defender Kacey Bellamyin the knee and caromed into the net.
A hockey captain ischosen to be a flag carrier and fire starter and Meghan Duggan filledthat role in the second period when she fired the perfect wrist shot,past goalie Shannon Szabados, and into the upper corner of the net at11:57 of the period to give the USA a 1-0 lead.
TheCanadians had defeated USA 3-2 in the preliminary round in Sochi.However, the Americans had defeated them four consecutive times in thepre-Olympic tour.
The USA was looking good after killing off a 5-on-3 shorthanded situation for 31 seconds.
BostonCollege's Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL player BobbyCarpenter, and she scored on the power play at 2:01 of the third period.Canada's Tara Watchborn was in the penalty box for the third time inthe game.
Hilary Knight set up the tally with a perfect feed to Carpenter, who had driven to the goalmouth.
Jessie Vetter and Szabados were in net, too, for the 2010 gold medal game, which was won by Canada 2-0.
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