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Mike Babcock-Led Team Canada Wins Second Consecutive Gold Medal

February 24th, 2014 at 1:55 PM
By Frank Vajcner

It will go down as one of the greatest defensive performances in Olympic hockey history.

Four years after taking the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Team Canada captured gold again in Sochi after blanking Sweden 3-0.

Many figured that the Canadians would win with offense, but this team won with defense, as they only allowed three goals in six games. Goaltender Carey Price stopped all 24 shots that he faced, and Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, and Chris Kunitz each scored a goal.

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock earned his second gold medal as Canada's coach. Babcock was behind the bench for them in the Vancouver games.

We're just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together," Toews said. "We were just all over them. It's fun to be a part of."

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist was just as strong in net for his team, as he stopped 33 of 36 shots, but Sweden couldn't match Canada's firepower nor solve Price.

Canada became the first nation to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympics since Russia (1984 Sarajevo, 1988 Calgary). They have also won three out of the last four gold medals, as they took home gold in 2002 at Salt Lake City.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Mike Babcock, NHL

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