CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored unassisted goals in the Gold Medal Game as Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 to win the gold medal for the second straight Winter Olympic Games.
Crosby forced a turnover at the Canada blue line and then raced up ice for a breakaway. Despite being molested the entire way, Crosby maintained control of the puck. He deked to his backhand and slid the puck behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his first goal of the Olympics to give Canada a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Kunitz found a puck in the high slot and snapped a shot that eluded Lundqvist. It was Kunitz's first goal of the Olympics and gave Canada a 3-0 lead halfway through the third period that pretty much sealed the gold for Canada. Earlier in the game Kunitz was boarded head-first into the boards and was bleeding profusely. Of course, he didn't miss a shift and exacted his revenge in the final frame.
Jonathan Toews scored the game's first goal, and eventual game-winner, in the first period. Goaltender Carey Price stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout, his second straight.
Sidney Crosby loses his helmet during a battle on the ice.
Crosby rips a shot.
Sweden nearly scores in the first, but an alert Carey Price reached back to cover the puck.
Jonathan Toews re-directs a pass from atop the crease behind Henrik Lundqvist to give Canada a 1-0 lead
After forcing a turnover, Crosby scores on a breakaway to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
Kunitz's gets off a shot in the third period...
...that beats Lundqvist to seal the gold for Canada.
Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Artsy shot of Kunitz.
The clock expires and Canada wins 3-0.
Crosby leads the handshake line.
Team photo at center ice.
And one final shot of Kunitz and Crosby showing off the gold.
That'll do it for the Olympics. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Team Canada win gold. Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Team Finland take home bronze.
Here is a final statistical breakdown on the Pens Olympians...
- Crosby: 6 GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +4, 11 shots (Gold medal)
- Kunitz: 6 GP, 1G, 1PTS, +2, 8 shots (Gold medal)
- Jokinen: 6 GP, 2G, 3A, 5PTS, 1 GWG, +4, 14 shots (Bronze medal)
- Maatta: 6 GP, 3G, 2A, 5PTS, 1 PPG, +1, 13 shots (Bronze medal)
- Orpik: 6 GP, +2, 2 shots
- Martin: 4 GP, +2, 2 shots (missed last 2 games with injury)
- Malkin: 5 GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +2, 20 shots
The Olympians will return to Pittsburgh shortly and begin for the stretch run of the NHL regular season. With the gold medals aside, it's time to begin the quest for a silver chalice.
That's a wrap on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I hope you enjoyed our blog coverage of the Games. See you in four years.
All that glitters is gold.