Days after boycott, USA women's hockey shuts out Canada in World Championships opener

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) - Brianna Decker broke a scoreless tie late in the second period and Nicole Hensley stopped 18 shots, lifting the U.S. over Canada 2-0 on Friday night in the world championship opener for both teams.
 
The Americans started fast and strong just three days after averting a boycott with a four-year deal with USA Hockey.
 
They controlled play all night against their rivals. Gigi Marvin gave the U.S. a two-goal cushion early in the third, and its swarming defense shut out a high-powered offense.
 
Shannon Szabados made some spectacular saves to keep the Canadians in the game and finished with 28 saves, but they couldn't get a puck past Hensley.
 
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