CANADA 3-0 SWEDEN
The two Olympic finalists put on quite a show in the closing ice hockey game of the Sochi Olympics. Coming into the game undefeated, both squads were looking to wrap up their Olympic campaign on the highest of notes.
Fortunately for the millions of Canadians watching the game on television from coast to coast, Team Canada came out with a 3-0 win thanks to a dominating performance from its entire lineup. While goals have been hard to come by for the Canadian contingent since the start of the games, the team got just enough offense from Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on Sunday. Carey Price was also at his best against the Swedes, he who had allowed only one goal in three elimination-round games.
Toews put the Canadians on the board in the first period by redirecting a pass from Jeff Carter between the legs of Henrik Lundqvist. Sidney Crosby, held scoreless since the start of the tournament, then doubled his team’s lead by stealing the puck from a Swedish defender, breaking away and beating an outstretched Lundqvist. Kunitz put the game out of reach midway in the third period by going bar-down on a quick-release wrist shot.
For his part, Carey Price was flawless in the Olympic pressure cooker. The Habs netminder made 24 saves and recorded his second consecutive shutout. He did not allow a goal in the final 164 minutes played at this year’s Winter Games and faced only four shots in the final period.
The gold medal win is Canada’s first in Europe since 1952, when the team also went unbeaten in Oslo, Norway. The occasion also marks Canada’s first back-to-back gold medals in men’s ice hockey dating back to 1948-52.
Canada and Sweden have swept top honors in the past four winter Olympiads. The Swedes came out on top in Torino, in 2006, while Canada won in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
Defenseman P.K. Subban will come home with a gold medal, he who suited up for Canada in a 6-0 win over Austria on February 14.