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Elite Women's 3 on 3 Include Former Hamilton Huskies
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The Hamilton Huskies were well represented at the NHL All Star Weekend's Elite Women's 3 on 3 with Laura Fortino and Sarah Nurse helping Canada defeat the USA 2 - 1.

Shout out to Laura and Sarah, Hamilton Huskies Proud

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Canada defeats United States in Elite Women's 3-on-3 at All-Star Skills

Desbiens makes 15 saves for win; Johnston, Daoust score; Knight gets goal in event debut

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer
 January 25, 2020

That mattered, sure. It always matters when Canada and the United States play each other in women's hockey, in hockey in general. It is, as American forward Knight put it, "a blood-filled rivalry."

But this game took two sides and made them one, if only for a moment. And not just because they were sharing a dressing room.

"It was a little strange after the game," Canadian forward Sarah Nurse said. "We wanted to celebrate a little bit and we were looking across the room and we see the Americans. Sorry guys."

 

Desbiens leads Canada to victory

 02:19 • January 25th, 2020

 And so, on the ice in those postgame moments, they stood there and looked, and let the anxiety drain away.

"I was excited," Canadian forward Natalie Spooner said. "To be honest, I was a little bit nervous going out there. It's a huge game for us."

It was the third consecutive NHL All-Star Game with women participants, with each year bringing a greater profile. Two years ago at Tampa Bay, four women demonstrated events at the All-Star Game. Last season, Kendall Coyne Schofield was added to the Bridgestone Fastest Skater competition, competing against the NHL players and finishing seventh.

This season, they would have an event of their own, a game of 3-on-3 that, despite being something that the women have rarely played, managed to showcase their speed and talent, their passing ability and shooting touch.

"I think the show we put on was pretty good," Spooner said. "It was back and forth, 16 shots each team, which makes it a really close game, but we just had a blast."

 

Daoust doubles Canada's lead

  • 00:27 • January 24th, 2020

They weren't the only ones. From the "USA! USA!" chants to the appreciative NHL players, the game created some of the most electric moments of the evening.

"It's great," Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "You could even expand it more and have the best women in the world come in and play a tournament like we do for the All-Star Game. I think it would be entertaining. 

"I think over the past couple years they've taken the right steps, with Kendall doing the fastest skater last year and the girls being around for a few years now to be part of the skills competition. I know they were excited about the opportunity to play an actual game tonight, and they were entertaining."

 

Johnston buries breakaway goal

  • 00:31 • January 25th, 2020

That was all they wanted to be.

"I think every time we've come, we've proven ourselves," Schofield said. "We've put on a good show."

The Americans made it 2-1 at 4:24 of the second 10-minute period, when Knight scored off a pass from Annie Pankowski. But despite a late push, when the teams had settled into the 3-on-3 hockey and found their footing, the Americans couldn't get the tying goal, in large part due to Desbiens, who made a final save on Amanda Kessel at the buzzer.

 

Knight nets backhand on breakaway

00:33 • January 24th, 2020

That mattered. And it didn't.

That's what they thought about when it was over, acknowledging a crowd of hockey fans they hoped would understand the game they were playing was not all that different from the game to be played by the NHL all-stars, fans they hoped would watch them in other venues on other days.

"It's kind of a crazy feeling," Spooner said. "Even when we were getting called out for the first lineup, I was like, 'Wow, this is amazing.' We're actually here. We're at the NHL All-Star Weekend and we're going to get to play and we're going to get to showcase our talent.

"Then, when we got to go on the ice with all the players, it's like, these are some of the best male players in the world, but then again we're some of the best female players in the world and we're here on the same stage.

"We're all hockey players. We're all the best at what we do, and we get to be here together."

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