Team Canada shutout Sweden 3-0 on Sunday at Bolshoy Ice Dome winning the gold-medal for men’s hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Canada is the first repeat gold-medal winner since the Soviet Union/Unified Team won three in a row in 1984, 1988 and 1992. Dating back to 1920 Canada now has nine gold medals.
Coach Mike Babcock l had been questioned on his decisions since the team arrived to Russia two weeks ago but at the end of the day his team took home the gold without trailing and only giving up three goals.
Carey Price added 24 saves to his second straight shutout and Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored a goal to put Canada in the lead.
Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was held scoreless, logging two shots on goal, a plus-1 rating and 20:37 of ice time. Jeff Carter assisted in the first goal by Jonathan Toews.
Henriq Lundqvist was phenomenal in the crease making 33 saves, but Sweden couldn’t take advantage of any first or second chance opportunities. Canada just dominated the ice and executed their opportunities.
Sweden lost forward Nicklas Backstrom, a late scratch from the game, in addition to Henrik Zetterberg who had to leave after the opening tournament due to a back injury, and Henrik Sedin who didn’t make it to Sochi due to a rib injury.
The men’s and women’s Team Canada for hockey took home the gold. Once Canada gained the third goal in the third period they were more dominant in the game and with two minutes left the smiles on the bench began and once again the nation proved to be the world’s powerful hockey nation.
Over eight different teams were up against each other and as you watched the handshakes of NHL players it was clear the immense amount of respect they each had for each other despite being rivals or teammates in the regular season, it was a beautiful moment to witness.
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