Unlike in 2006, when Sweden and Finland challenged for the tournament's top spots, Canada and USA dominated throughout their round robin and semi final matches.
The 2010 event began in record fashion. Defending champion Canada set a new Olympic standard by scoring 18 goals against Slovakia. By the time their gold-medal showdown took place, Canada and USA had outscored their opponents 46-2 and 40-2 respectively.
The Americans were led by veteran forward Jenny Potter who posted team highs in goals (6) and points (11) while 23 year-old Meghan Agosta emerged as Canada's new scoring sensation, finishing the tournament with 9 goals and 15 points.
Perhaps the most surprising story of the women's tournament came not from the Canadian or American teams however, but from the Swiss team when forward Stefanie Marty matched Agosta's record total of 9 goals in a single tournament.
The final proved to be a classic. In a rematch of the 2002 gold medal game, Canada again prevailed and earned their third straight Olympic championship in a tightly contested 2-0 victory. The two stars of the game were rookie netminder Shannon Szabados who earned the shutout and 18 year-old Marie-Philip Poulin who scored both of Canada's goals despite being the team's youngest player.
The tournament all-star team was made up of Szabados in net, American defencemen Angela Ruggiero and Molly Engstrom and forwards Agosta, Poulin and Potter, with Agosta claiming the MVP honour.