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Canada shuts out Sweden 3-0 in gold medal game to repeat as Olympic champions

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Canada never trailed in the 2014 Olympic hockey tournament. In the championship game on Feb. 23rd, they were perfect. Now, the 2010 Olympic champions will be leaving Sochi with gold medals around their necks once again.

Carey Price was perfect in net yet again with 24 saves for his second straight shutout. The 26-year-old was named the tournament’s best goaltender, allowing only three goals in five games.

"This team was totally dedicated to keeping the puck out of our net," said Price. "And we really had a relentless work ethic. We did it, we’re so excited and looking forward to getting back home."

Once again, he had sound defense in front of him; as the Canadians limited second-chance opportunities, and were able to keep the Swedish attack to the outside.

After a slow tournament, Canada’s top forwards finally got on the scoreboard. Assistant captain Jonathan Toews got the scoring started in the game, putting a nice pass from linemate Jeff Carter past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the opening frame to pick up his first goal of the tournament.

Captain Sidney Crosby would strike next, forcing a Swedish turnover with a well-placed pokecheck; making a beautiful backhand move on a breakaway to double the Canadian lead. This was the NHL scoring leader’s first tally of the tournament.

Not to be deterred after being bloodied by a vicious check from behind into the boards in front of the Swedish bench earlier in the contest; Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Chris Kunitz would wheel around the offensive zone and snipe a puck over Lundqvist’s shoulder for his first score of the tournament.

With a 3-0 lead, Canada clamped down defensively, allowing Sweden only four shots the entire third period.

Canada now has won a record nine gold medals in Olympic men’s hockey, winning three out of the last four to break out of a 50 year drought.

Sweden, the top overall seed(and reigning World Champions), settles for silver. Finland had already received their bronze medals, after beating the United States 5-0 on Saturday.

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