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Canada will once again stand atop the Olympic women's hockey podium.

The Canadian team beat the U.S. 3-2 on Thursday in Beijing to claim its first Olympic title since 2014.

Captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice — including her third career Olympic game-winning goal — while Sarah Nurse's goal and assist pushed her past Canadian great Hayley Wickenheiser for most points in a single tournament with 18.

Poulin credited a team effort for the victory.

"These girls out there. These girls," she told CBC's Kenzie Lalonde. "We celebrate each other's success, we want to succeed and to be honest it just showed tonight. From line to line, people were dialled in. We did it and we're very happy."

WATCH | Poulin pots a pair to lead Canada past U.S. for gold:

'Captain Clutch' Poulin scores twice to lead Canada to another Olympic gold medal

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Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and had three points, including the Olympic gold medal winning goal for a third time, as Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in the final game of Beijing 2022. 1:56

Olympic rookie Sarah Fillier was held off the scoresheet in the final, but notched eight goals in the tournament — the second-most among all players.

The 21-year-old had tears in her eyes as she soaked in the win.

"It's insane. I can't stop shaking. I just stopped crying. This is like a dream come true and it's been a really long four years and to do it with the girls on that team, there's nothing more special than that," she said.

Poulin said the victory is "redemption" for Canada, which lost in a shootout to the Americans in the 2018 Olympic final, marking the first time the Canadians didn't return home with gold since 1998.

Goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens celebrates with teammates after Canada's 3-2 win over the U.S. in the Olympic women's hockey gold-medal final on Thursday in Beijing. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

It also completes an unbeaten run in Beijing, including two wins over the U.S., where it outscored the opposition 56-9.

"It's just so good. It's a great feeling. It was one hell of an effort," Poulin said.

Nurse opened the scoring in the first period for Canada, deflecting a point shot from defender Claire Thompson past American netminder Alex Cavallini, who made 18 saves.

The goal came just moments after it appeared Canada had already gone ahead on a rebound goal by Natalie Spooner. However, a coach's challenge from the U.S. revealed it was offside.

WATCH | Nurse puts Canada ahead:

Canada's Sarah Nurse opens the scoring in Olympic gold medal game

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Canada's Sarah Nurse opened the scoring in the Olympic women's hockey gold medal game against the United States. 0:56

Poulin extended the Canadian lead when she picked the pocket of an American defender in the offensive zone before sneaking a slot shot into the back of the net to send her team into the first break up 2-0.

But Captain Clutch didn't stop there. Poulin added her second of the game midway through the second period, when she capitalized on a rebound following a rush led by Nurse.

The assist gave Nurse the Olympic record, while for Poulin it was her seventh goal across four gold-medal games. The 30-year-old from Beauceville, Que., is the only hockey player to ever score in four different Olympic gold-medal games.

The Americans cut the deficit to two when Hilary Knight scored a short-handed goal late in the second.

Then, Canada went into protection mode in the third period, relying on goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens, who made 38 saves, including 15 in the final frame.

Amanda Kessel brought the Americans within one with just 12.5 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late.

And for the fifth time, Canada won women's hockey gold.

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