Ice Hockey

Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin delivers devastating hit in women's gold-medal game

Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin wasn't penalized after hitting Brianna Decker of the U.S. in the head, during the third period.

Canadian captain's hit caught USA's Brianna Decker in the head

Canada's Marie-Philip Poulin (#29) delivers a hit on the United States' Brianna Decker (#14) in the third period of the gold-medal game of the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. (Kevin Light Photography/CBC Sports)

By Nick Murray, CBC Sports

Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin was lucky not to get kicked out of the gold-medal game.

The hero from the 2014 and 2010 Olympics delivered a hard hit early in the third period on U.S. forward Brianna Decker — who was stickhandling in front of the Canadian net after receiving a saucer pass — catching Decker in the head.

Under the International Ice Hockey Federation rules, not only is there no hitting in women's hockey, but any hit to an opponent's head — even in men's play — should be a two-minute minor and a misconduct penalty, at minimum.

Decker was injured on the play, though she returned to the game. Body checking is not allowed in women's hockey and there's grounds for a game-misconduct penalty if a player is injured from a hit.