Olympics - Gold Medal Update
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At times, the Canadians executed their game plan with the business-like efficiency and focus that one might expect from a defending gold medal team. Canada turned in an impressive performance, with three different players scoring their first goals of the tournament, taking home the gold medal in a 3-0 win over Sweden.
Jonathan Toews put Canada on the board at 12:15 of the opening period with his first goal of the tournament. Jeff Carter and Shea Weber recorded the assists. Weber tied the team high in points, for the tournament, at six with the helper.
With just under nine minutes to play in the second period, the Canadians hemmed the Swedes in their zone and piled on the pressure but goaltender Henrik Lunsqvist was up to the task, keeping his team within one.
After scoring four goals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Sidney Crosby had been held scoreless in this tournament until the game that mattered most. It took until the 15:43 mark of the second period for Sidney Crosby to net his first goal of the Olympics, and it was a big one.
Sweden turned the puck over at the Canada blue line and Crosby pounced on the puck, sprinting ahead on the breakaway. Crosby faked forehand once, Lundqvist went down and the Canadian Captain put the backhand in, off of the tip of the goalie’s toe.
The goal gave Canada some breathing room heading into the third period.
Another turnover, this time at the Swedish blue line, gave Chris Kunitz an opportunity to score his first of the Olympics. He did just that, going bar down on Lundqvist and giving Canada a three-goal lead with time running out for the Swedes.
Defensively, the Canadians dominated most of the game and really zeroed in during the third period. With under five minutes to play in the game, Sweden could hardly touch the puck.
Carey Price enjoyed a relatively easy night in net, making 24 saves in the shutout win.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com