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by Paul on 02/23/14 at 01:05 PM ET
Canada 3, Sweden 0
CANADA IS GOLDEN AGAIN
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) stopped all 24 shots he faced to record his second consecutive shutout and backstop Canada to its ninth gold medal in men’s Olympic hockey, the most of any nation.
* With the win, Canada became the first country to earn back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. It also repeated as the tournament champion for the first time since 1948 and 1952, with Sunday’s victory marking its first gold medal on European ice since 1952 (Oslo, Norway).
* Canada never trailed in the tournament and allowed a total of three goals in six games, the fewest by any gold-medal winner in the modern era (since 1956, minimum: 5 GP). The Soviet Union previously held the record, allowing five goals in seven contests during the 1984 Olympic Winter Games.
* Canada (6-0-0) became the first team to go undefeated in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament since the Soviet Union in 1984 (7-0-0).
* Canada now has 15 medals in men’s Olympic hockey (9 G, 4 S, 2 B), three more than the next-closest nation (USSR/Russia: 8 G, 2 S, 2 B).
PRICE IS RIGHT
Canada goaltender Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) finished the tournament with a 5-0-0 record, 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and two shutouts in five appearances. He did not allow a goal in his last 164:19 of action, tied for the fourth-longest shutout streak by a goaltender in men’s Olympic hockey (courtesy of TSN):
LONGEST SHUTOUT SEQUENCE BY A GOALTENDER, MEN’S OLYMPIC HOCKEY
1. Murray Dowey (CAN): 225:25 (Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 1948)*
2. Alphonse “Frenchy” Lacroix (USA): 205:00 (Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 1924)*
3. Murray Dowey (CAN): 195:30 (Feb. 5-8, 1948)*
t-4. Don Head (CAN): 164:19 (Feb. 22-25, 1960)
t-4. Carey Price (CAN/MTL): 164:19 (Feb. 19-23, 2014)
* early era
The following honors were announced following the conclusion of the tournament:
Individual Awards (selected by the tournament directorate)
Best Goalkeeper – Carey Price (CAN/MTL): 5-0-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 SV%, 2 SO
Best Defenseman – Erik Karlsson (SWE/OTT): 4-4—8 in 6 GP
Best Forward – Phil Kessel (USA/TOR): 5-3—8 in 6 GP
Most Valuable Player (selected by the media)
Teemu Selanne (FIN/ANA): 4-2—6 in 6 GP
All-Star Team (selected by the media)
Goalkeeper – Henrik Lundqvist (SWE/NYR): 5-1-0, 1.50 GAA, .943 SV%, 2 SO
Defenseman – Erik Karlsson (SWE/OTT): 4-4—8 in 6 GP
Defenseman – Drew Doughty (CAN/LA): 4-2—6 in 6 GP
Forward – Teemu Selanne (FIN/ANA): 4-2—6 in 6 GP
Forward – Phil Kessel (USA/TOR): 5-3—8 in 6 GP
Forward – Mikael Granlund (FIN/MIN): 3-4—7 in 6 GP
DID YOU KNOW?
* Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) also scored for Canada in the 2010 gold-medal game. Crosby posted the winning goal in overtime, while Toews opened the scoring – as he did again on Sunday.
* Canada became the first country to post a shutout in the gold-medal game since 1998, when the Czech Republic – led by Dominik Hasek – defeated Russia 1-0.
* The three players who scored for Canada (Sidney Crosby – PIT, Chris Kunitz – PIT and Jonathan Toews – CHI) will all participate in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series this Saturday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
MEDAL COUNT FOR NHL PLAYERS
* Sixty-three NHL players won a medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
* Twenty-five of the 30 NHL clubs had at least one player earn a medal.
* The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings had the most medal winners, with six apiece.
* The Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes were the only teams to have players win the gold, silver and bronze.
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