Forward limps to dressing room early in team’s 5-1 victory over Russia
Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, left, and Russia’s Daria Teryoshkina battle for the puck during Monday’s Group A preliminary-round game in Espoo, Finland. Poulin reinjured her left knee late in the first period of a 5-1 Canadian win. (Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via Associated Press)
Natalie Spooner’s hat trick helped Canada rumble Russia 5-1 at the women’s world hockey championship Monday, but the victory was costly.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin reinjured her left knee late in the first period. She limped to the dressing room and is not expected to play Tuesday against Finland.
Poulin hurt her knee Feb. 24 playing for Les Canadiennes de Montreal in the final game of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s regular season.
Poulin participated in warmup and remained on the bench supporting her teammates in Canada’s first two games of the world championship.
The captain looked strong and fast in her first shifts Monday, but her return was short-lived.
Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin reinjures her left knee late in the first period. 0:24
Her knee buckled when she went into the boards with Olga Sosina late in the first period.
“If you can’t continue in the game, that’s never a good sign,” Canadian head coach Perry Pearn said from Espoo, Finland.
“I’m disappointed for her. She’s a great competitor. She’s worked really hard to get herself in a position to be able to play. To have her first game cut short is disappointing. Obviously we’ll see where it takes us.”
Marie-Philip Poulin maintaining bench presence until she can play at worlds
Spooner haunted Russia’s net, scoring a pair of wraparound goals and also a tip-in to surpass the career 50-goal mark wearing the Maple Leaf.
4 points for Spooner
“They wanted me to be around the net for sure on the power play and I was just kind of finding my way, getting used to being there and I’m enjoying it,” Spooner said.
“I can bang in some rebounds and tip some pucks, so it’s going great.”
Spooner posted a four-point night, also assisting on a Blayre Turnbull goal. Rebecca Johnston also scored for the Canadians, who stayed even with Finland with both at 2-1 in Group A.