Feb 26, 2010 1:25 AM

Canada beats USA in Women's hockey gold medal final

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - - Canada's game. Canada's ice. Canada's gold. Again. Canada beat its American rival 2-0 to win the women's hockey gold medal in a third straight Olympics.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored two goals and Shannon Szabados made 28 saves before a raucous Vancouver crowd ringing cowbells and waving thousands of maple leaf flags.

After Poulin's two first-period scores, the Canadians dominated every aspect of the biggest game in winning their 15th straight Olympic victory.

Playing with a consistency and passion its men's team hopes to emulate this weekend, Canada hasn't lost at the Olympics since 1998, when the Americans won their first women's gold. Finland won bronze with an overtime victory over Sweden.

After the game he Canadian women's hockey team partied - perhaps too hearty. The IOC says it will investigate the behavior of Canadian women hockey players who celebrated their gold medal by swigging beer and champagne on the ice. An IOC official says drinking in public by athletes at an Olympic venue "is not what we want to see."

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