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Chippy play sets tone in women's final

Updated: April 15, 2012, 2:29 AM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The old joke goes that there once was a fight, and a hockey game broke out.

Some might laugh and then correlate the punch line to the rough-and-tumble NHL. But the reality is Saturday's IIHF Women's World Championship game between the United States and Canada delivered every sort of hack, whack and shove of physical play, just short of a full-on fight.

This was a showdown of the dark-alley variety, a reflection of how much dislike, skill and ...

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