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Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin came up big in the women’s world championship ice hockey tournament Tuesday, scoring a goal in overtime to give the team its first gold medal at the event in nine years.
The U.S. struck early in the game to take a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Canada came back in the second to tie the contest and force overtime. Poulin later scored the game-winning goal, breaking the Americans’ golden streak that they held for the past six world championships.
After Tuesday’s win, Canada now has 20 medals at the tournament, 11 of which are gold. The last time the team won was in 2012.
"It's been a while since 2012. It's been a long time coming," said Poulin. "The team showed up tonight and I think we stayed resilient."
Scoring a game-winning goal is not something that Poulin is unfamiliar with – especially when it comes to playing against Canada’s biggest rivals.
In 2014, she scored a late goal in the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympic Games – striking with 55 seconds left on the clock in regulation to bring the game to overtime. A little more than eight minutes into OT, she scored another one to bring the gold home.
Four years earlier, she helped bring home another gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She scored twice in the final, giving Canada a 2-0 win over the U.S.
Now, Poulin is being recognized all over the country for the “hockey legend” that she is.
Team Canada even changed their name and profile picture to show how much they ‘stan’ Poulin.
Poulin has another chance to showcase her talent at the Beijing 2022 Olympics in February, and looking at her previous track record at the Games, there’s a good chance that she’ll continue her legacy there.
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