Hockey February 26, 2018

Marie-Philip Poulin and Shannon Szabados booked their places in Canadian
hockey lore, combining to lead Canada to a home-ice Olympic gold with a 2-0
win over the Americans in Vancouver.

Poulin, at 18 the youngest player on the Canadian roster, scored both
goals, while Szabados, who started the centralization year third on the
depth chart behind decorated puck-stoppers Kim St-Pierre and Charline
Labonté, posted a 28-save shutout.

“I was standing there on the blue-line after and I thought to myself, ‘I
can’t believe I got a shutout,'” Szabados told CBC after the game. “But I
would have been satisfied with a 9-8 score, as long as we won.”

The win capped an impressive run through the tournament for Canada, which
captured its third-consecutive Olympic gold by outscoring its opposition
48-2, including back-to-back shutouts in the medal round.

Meghan Agosta did the heavy lifting up front, earning MVP honours after a
15-point performance (including a record-setting nine goals), but it was
Poulin who stole the show with 7.5 million Canadians watching.

She opened the scoring with 6:05 remaining in the first period, quickly
one-timing a feed from Jennifer Botterill over the glove of U.S. goaltender
Jessie Vetter, and buried a chance right off the face-off less than three
minutes later to double the advantage.

That was all the offence Szabados needed, and as the seconds ticked away
the celebration was on – on the bench, in Canada Hockey Place and in every
corner of the country.

“I looked up in the stands and saw a sign that said ‘Proud to be Canadian’
and that’s what I am today.”


1960 – Jim Connelly scored the lone goal for Canada in a 2-1 medal-round
loss to the United States. A first-period American goal ended Don Head’s
shutout streak at 164:19, the fourth-longest run in Canadian Olympic

1994 – Finland took an early 2-0 lead, but Canada stormed back with goals
from Todd Hlushko, Petr Nedved, Brad Werenka, Jean-Yves Roy and Greg Parks
to earn a 5-3 semifinal win over the Finns and advance to the gold medal
game for the second-consecutive Olympics.

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