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Women's hockey star Kim St-Pierre tends goal at Canadiens practice @NHLdotcom

MONTREAL - Kim St-Pierre has made another breakthrough - playing in goal at a Montreal Canadiens practice.

The 29-year-old goaltender for Canada's national women's team was called in when goalie Carey Price missed practice for a second straight day with a flu.

She was on the ice for the full 90 minutes and did not look out of place as the NHL players fired pucks at both her and back-up goalie Jaroslav Halak through a succession of drills.

Some players took some speed off their shots early on, but Alex Kovalev whistled a wrist shot past her ear and Francis Bouillon nearly got her in the mask with a slapshot.

"I'm so glad I came because it was such an experience," said St-Pierre. "It's so different.

"They're so powerful. Their quick release is amazing. I wasn't scared. I was just so into it. It was my dream to play in the NHL and now I know it's not possible, but just to practise with them is something to cherish."

St-Pierre is a two-time Olympic gold medallist who plays for the Montreal Stars of the National Women's Hockey League. In 2003-04, she played for McGill University's men's varsity team and became the first woman goalie to win a regular season CIS game in a 5-2 victory over Ryerson on Nov. 15, 2003.

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