Knight strikes first in gold medal win, U.S. ends Canada's streak in shootout

And it came in another classic showdown between the game's two best teams.

The U.S. women’s hockey team finally broke Canada's stranglehold on gold.

And it came in another classic showdown between the game's two best teams.

The USA came from behind to defeat Canada 3-2 on Thursday at Gangneung Hockey Centre, winning in a penalty shootout, to end Canada's run of four consecutive Olympic gold medals.

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The USA won the penalty shootout 3-2, the game-winner scored by Jocelyn Lamorueux-Morando.

VIDEO: Watch the full shootout between the USA and Canada

Though the Americans had won seven of the past eight World Championships, they had come up short in the Olympics every time since the inaugural year, 1998, three times losing to Canada.

Hilary Knight scored a power-play goal in the first period, and after Canada had taken a 2-1 lead, Monique Lamoreux-Morando buried a shot on a breakaway to tie it 2-2.

WATCH: Hilary Knight redirect opens scoring for the United States