SOCHI, Russia -- Canada captured a historic fourth Olympic gold medal in women's hockey Thursday with a 3-2 overtime win over the United States in a thrilling championship final. Marie-Philip Poulin scored the winner on a power play at 8:10 of overtime for her second of the game.
Trailing 1-0 after two periods and down two goals deep into the third, Canada scored twice in the final 3:26 of the regulation and suddenly the gold that had been slipping away was within reach again. With Shannon Szabados pulled from Canada's net for an extra attacker, forward Kelli Stack's attempted empty-netter that would have sealed the gold for the Americans hit the post. In overtime, Canadian defender Catherine Ward was serving a cross-checking minor and American forward Jocelyne Lamoureux a slashing minor when Canada's Hayley Wickenheiser took off on a breakaway. Duggan beat Szabados with a wrist shot over the Canadian goalie's glove shoulder at 11:57 of the second.
With four straight gold medals in women's hockey Wickenheiser, Jayna Hefford and Caroline Ouellette joined Soviet biathlete Alexander Tikhonov and German speedskater Claudia Pechstein as gold medallists in four consecutive Winter Games.
The Swiss defeated Sweden 4-3 earlier for Switzerland's first Olympic medal in women's hockey.
Canada's National Women's hockey team player Hayley Wickenheiser, left, signs autographs following the naming of the team that will compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, during a news conference in Calgary, Monday, Dec.
Canada's Olympic women's hockey team has less experience than two previous editions, but believes it has the speed and skill defend the gold medal in Sochi, Russia.
The 21-player roster that will attempt to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold in women's hockey was finalized Monday after the release of three players.


Women's hockey made its Olympic debut in 1998 with the U.S winning the inaugural gold and Canada the next three titles. Wickenheiser and Jayna Hefford of Kingston, Ont., will play for Canada in their fifth Olympics, with Wickenheiser also participating in the 2000 Summer Games in softball. But Melodie Daoust of Valleyfield, Que., made the Olympic roster despite zero previous experience on Canada's national team.
The 21-year-old beat out forwards Vicki Bendus of Wasaga Beach, Ont., and Bailey Bram of Ste.
They've played over 30 games against international women's teams and against males in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. Dan Church said there was a lack of confidence in his ability to do the job, but didn't specify whether it was players or management who told him that.
Between games, travel and the holiday break, it will be another week before Dineen gets sustained time with his new team.
Poulin, who scored both goals for Canada in the 2010 final, has played only a handful of games this winter because of a troublesome high ankle sprain.
Dineen says Poulin is close to returning, but did not say if she will play in the next two games against the U.S. A 10-player altercation in the final minute of last Friday's game was the second game the Canadian and U.S. Dineen intends to speak to his players about keeping their cool, particularly because the U.S.


Bram told The Canadian Press she respected Dineen's decision to release her, even though he'd coached her for less than a week. Athletes named to Canada's National Women's hockey team who will compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, pose for a team photo during a news conference in Calgary, Monday, Dec.
Carpenter deflected a cross-ice pass from Hilary Knight past Szabados's left pad at 2:01 of the third. We have a little bit more offensive depth on the back end than in 2010 so we'll be counting on them to jump into the attack.
Anne, who were released Sunday along with defenceman Courtney Birchard of Mississauga, Ont.
The man hired by Hockey Canada over a year ago to coach them in Sochi abruptly resigned Dec. 5-1 in a game without a head coach and 4-1 last Friday with Dineen behind the bench for the first time. We have strong goaltending and we also have some size to be a physical presence and compete in one-on-one situations.



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