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article imageCanada whips Sweden 3-0, takes Sochi Olympic hockey gold

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 23, 2014 in Sports
Sidney Crosby scored his first of the tournie and Team Canada outplayed an undermanned Swedish team to win gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday. It was the final day of the Sochi games and Canada's 3-0 win made them its first star.
Along with Crosby, who scored in the second on a breakaway after a turnover, Jonathan Toews and Chris Kunitz scored and Canada got stellar goaltending from Carey Price. It was the country's second straight Olympic men's hockey gold and Canada has now won three hockey golds in the five Olympics since NHL players began taking part.
Canada pushed the game offensively in the first two periods and controlled it throughout. Early on, Patrice Bergeron had two good chances in close, each set up by Crosby, before Toews tipped in a pass from Jeff Carter at the side of the Swedish net at 12:55. It was also Toews who opened the scoring in the first period, and at about the same time (12:50), when Canada beat the U.S. for the gold in Vancouver in 2010.
Canada outshot Sweden 36-24 but while both goalies, Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price, played well, Lundqvist was called upon to make the bigger saves to keep Sweden in the game. After Chris Kunitz made it 3-0 in the third with a rocket from the slot, Canada shut down the Swedes, only allowing them four shots in that final frame. Canada even out-chanced Sweden while shorthanded in the final 20 minutes.
The game, played before a sell-out at the Bolshoy Arena in Sochi, was fast-paced but in the end Sweden could not keep up minus their country's three top centreman. Henrik Sedin was out before the tournie began, Henrik Zetterberg re-injured his back in the qualification round and Nicklas Backstrom was unable to play in the final Sunday. Before the game, it was reported Backstrom could not play due to a migraine but later reports said he had taken an allergy medication that contained a banned substance.
Sweden s Hagelin looks for a loose puck as Canada s goalie Price reacts during the second period of ...
Sweden's Hagelin looks for a loose puck as Canada's goalie Price reacts during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
© BRIAN SNYDER, Reuters
It was the second straight shut-out for Price, who beat the U.S. in the semi-finals, 1-0, and third of the Olympic tournament for Canada as Roberto Luongo shut-out Austria, 6-0, in the qualification round. Canada only allowed three goals in their six games at the Olympics. They scored 17 goals.
Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men s ice hockey final ga...
Canadian players pose with their gold medals after defeating Sweden in the men's ice hockey final game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
© Reuters / Brian Snyder
Canada s Sidney Crosby (front) celebrates after scoring against Sweden during the second period of t...
Canada's Sidney Crosby (front) celebrates after scoring against Sweden during the second period of their men's ice hockey gold medal match at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
© MARK BLINCH, Reuters
Canada s goalie Carey Price makes a save as Sweden s Daniel Sedin tries to screen him during the sec...
Canada's goalie Carey Price makes a save as Sweden's Daniel Sedin tries to screen him during the second period of the men's ice hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
© Reuters / Jim Young
Canada s Jonathan Toews celebrates after scoring on Sweden s goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the firs...
Canada's Jonathan Toews celebrates after scoring on Sweden's goalie Henrik Lundqvist during the first period of the men's ice hockey gold medal game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, February 23, 2014
© Reuters / Brian Snyder
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin...
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin smile during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics February 23, 2014
© Reuters / Phil Noble
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Wint...
Fireworks explode over the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 23, 2014
© Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk
The NHL resumes play on Tuesday and NHL players from teams still in Sochi boarded charters to return home within hours of the game's completion.
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