Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey final, Canada-Sweden

Canada emphatically beat Sweden 3-0 to confirm back to back gold medals. Toews, Crosby, and Kunitz grabbed the goals.

Date: 23-Feb

Sport: Men’s ice hockey

Event: Gold Medal game, Sweden-Canada

Score: Sweden 0 Canada 3

What happened:

The last event of the tournament got underway in the Bolshoy Arena and it was Canada who had the better start. They nearly took the lead after Crosby brought down the puck from the air, before playing Bergeron in, his effort was saved by Lundqvist. Sweden were in the final for a reason and gave Canada a gentle reminder of that moments later. Nyquist had control of the puck as he came in from the side. His attempt hit the post before trickling on the line, and Price was lucky not to knock into his own net.

Bergeron hit the post with nine minutes of the period remaining. Lundqvist did not expect him to shoot from distance and it flashed past him, with only the inside of the post keeping the deadlock between the two sides.

The 2010 champions, Canada, were the team that eventually took the lead. Carter was down the right side and played the puck towards goal. Toews reacted fastest and flicked the puck through a small gap in Lundqvist’s legs. The game settled down from here, and at the end of the first period, it stayed 1-0.

St Louis nearly doubled Canada’s lead early in the second. With most of the goal exposed, he did not catch the puck properly. His effort was heading wide before deflecting off both legs of Lundqvist and towards goal. Sweden eventually cleared the danger with St Louis hoping it wouldn’t prove to be a pivotal moment. It wasn’t the first time Lundqvist was sent scrambling, as Canada took control of the game.

They eventually got some daylight as they took a two nil lead on 15:43. As Ericsson looked to carry the puck into the blue zone, Crosby dispossessed him. He had the ice all to himself, and placed past Lundqvist as the golden boy of Canada celebrated. 2-0 to Canada and it looked like being the goal that would kill off the game. Sweden had 9 shots in the period, to Canada’s 11.

The final period was stop start, which suited Canada much more than Sweden, who couldn’t gain any momentum. It was Canada who looked the most likely to score as they struck the post three minutes into the period. Poor possession retention again led to Canada’s third goal. Kunitz picked up the loose puck, and smashed a shot past Lundqvist via the bar.

It all but confirmed the victory for Canada as they were cruising to consecutive gold medals. Sweden did not have any real chances as the clock ticked down. During a powerplay they spent one quarter of it just attempting to get the puck back off Bergeron, who worked hard for the rest of his team. It ended 3-0 with Price getting his third shutout of the tournament, and Canada confirmed as consecutive champions.

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One Response to Sochi recap: Men’s ice hockey final, Canada-Sweden

  1. Hugh Nobokov says:

    GO CANADA GO!

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