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Sarah Fillier's offensive blitz continues to lift Canadian women's hockey team in BeijingIf you turned on Canada's women's hockey games a couple minutes late, you'll have already missed half of Sarah Fillier's Olympic goals. For the second match in a row, the 21-year-old centre scored barely 60 seconds after the puck dropped as Canada rolled over Finland, 11-1.

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Both of Canada's games have begun with 1st-minute goals by the 21-year-old forward

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If you turned on Canada's women's hockey games a couple minutes late, you'll have already missed half of Sarah Fillier's Olympic goals.

For the second match in a row, the 21-year-old centre scored barely 60 seconds after the puck dropped as Canada rolled over Finland, 11-1.

"I think when you score early it just deflates a team," Fillier said of her knack for kicking things off early. "When we just keep attacking, it's really hard to get one back on us and we can really play with them on their heels."

While many have pointed to Fillier as a star of the future, her performances have proven that she's worthy of the title right now. If opening the scoring wasn't impressive enough, her second goal of the contest came when she corralled the puck in the slot and backhanded it into the net ― while skating backwards and facing the opposite direction.

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Analyst Cheryl Pounder, a two-time Olympic champion, calls Fillier a generational talent.

"It's just the number of layers to her game that just have my mouth agape sometimes," Pounder said. "The way she manipulates the defensive structure, the way she recognizes whether she can or cannot beat someone and will create a little bit more space for a linemate. Or in tight around the goal ― she can get those kinds of goals, too. 

"She just has that uncanny sense of where her stick needs to be, while her eyes are still scanning."

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In its second game of the tournament, Canada's depth was once again on display, with 16 players registering points. The Canadians showcased fast, fluid movement and creativity to dismantle the Finnish defence.

"When you hit the neutral zone and into the offensive zone, I feel like because they're playing instinctively and they're reading the game, it's not about position," Pounder said. "It's about getting the getting the puck to the right spots, pulling up and creating space."

Versatility has been a hallmark of the team's style, with centres and wingers swapping places mid-play and defenders regularly jumping up into offensive roles.

"The difference is that it's not as structured, and because they've had that versatility, they think it differently," Pounder explained. "So you're seeing them weave in and out of those positions, because they've played them."

That adaptability was evident throughout the lineup. Jamie Lee Rattray, who played the fewest minutes of any healthy Canadian against the Swiss, stepped comfortably into Mélodie Daoust's spot on the second line and netted her first Olympic goal.

Sarah Nurse, who had been playing centre before an injury kept her out of most of the season's games, tallied a hat trick from the wing. And every single defender joined in the scoring, earning at least one point apiece.

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