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Canada blanks Sweden 3-0 to win Olympic men's hockey gold

Canadian Olympic hockey team
Canadian Olympic hockey team
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Canada won the Olympic gold medal in men's hockey on Sunday in a 3-0 shutout victory over Sweden at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The Canadians successfully defended their gold medal after defeating the United States 3-2 in the championship final at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

On Sunday, the Canadians notched one goal in each period. In the first period, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks tipped a Jeff Carter pass from a bad angle to score the game winning goal. Then in the second period, captain Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored his first goal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It was an unassisted marker on the breakaway. Then in the third period, Crosby's Pittsburgh teammate Chris Kunitz put Canada up by three. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 24 saves for his second straight shutout.

The entire nation of Canada was electric prior to 7:30 a.m. mountain time. The men's hockey tournament at the Olympic Winter Games has become the most important sporting event for Canadians nationwide and it would be an absolute shame if the National Hockey League does not send its absolute best to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and beyond. The men's hockey tournament is very important to European hockey players and Canadian hockey players.

As the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, team Canada won 25 medals--ten gold medals, ten silver medals and five bronze medals. They finished in third place in the gold medal standings and in fourth place in the overall standings.