SOCHI, Russia -- Two days after stifling the United States in the semifinal, the Canadian Men's Hockey Team put the finishing touches on their second straight Gold Medal performance by shutting down Sweden 3-0 in Sunday morning's Olympic finale.
Canada opened the scoring at 12:55 of the 1st Period as Jonathan Towes broke to the net and slid a pass from Jeff Carter between the pads of Swedish Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. Their second goal came a period later as Sidney Crosby finally broke through and notched his first goal of the Olympics, beating Lundqvist on a breakaway with a delay, followed by a quick deke to his backhand before banking the puck in of the prone netminder's pad. Chris Kunitz capped the scoring midway through the 3rd, as he notched and unassisted tally to remove any doubt for the Canadians.
Goalie Carey Price turned away 24 Swedish shots to backstop what was an impeccable defensive effort all tournament long, Canada finished the Olympics having yielded only three goals for the duration. Lundqvist made 33 saves on 36 shots for Sweden in the loss, who were burdened with the loss of high-powered forwards Henrik Zetterberg, ruled out of the tournament following the Swede's first game with a back injury, and Niklas Backstrom, who was kept out due to taking an illegal substance, which was reported to be some form of allergy medicine.
Former Buffalo Sabres' and current Dallas Stars' Head Coach Lindy Ruff earned his second straight Gold Medal as a member of Canada's coaching staff.