The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics live stream and televised coverage for men's hockey will be among the final events of these latest Olympic games in Russia. While Team USA failed in their quest to capture a medal, the team that defeated them in the semifinals, Canada, will now play top seed Sweden for gold. The latest TV and live stream Winter Olympics coverage arrives courtesy of NBC sources.
According to a CBC Olympics article from Feb. 22, Sunday's game features two nations which claimed the last three Gold medals in the Winter Olympics. Canada are the reigning champions, as star player Sidney Crosby scored an overtime goal to lead his side past the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Sweden won a Gold medal at the 2006 games in Italy, with Canada taking the Gold in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah of the United States. Now the two teams meet up in their first finals matchup in about two decades time.
Canada's Sidney Crosby, who stars for the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins said with regards to Sunday's game:
"I think we feel pressure.
We know everybody's watching. I think you're focused on getting better as a group.
Our goal throughout this was to just progress and make sure that we're improving. We've done a really good job of that. We've brought our game up to where it needs to be. But we've got to find that one extra level here in the final."
So how did they get to the finals matchup? After easily moving past most of their competitors in the prelims, Canada and Sweden won Group B and Group C, respectively. Both teams earned byes into the quarterfinals round of the Olympic playoffs in Sochi. Canada then dispatched of Latvia 2-1 thanks to goals from Patrick Sharp and Stephen Weber, then defeated the United States 1-0 in the semifinals. Sweden eliminated Slovenia 5-0 and Finland 2-1 in the semis to set up Sunday's Gold Medal Game. In Sweden's route of Slovenia, Carl Hagelin of the NY Rangers had two of the team's five goals, while Erik Karlsson of the NHL's Senators was the hero against Finland with the game-winning goal.
For the Gold Medal ice hockey game, odds makers have the Canadians as 2 to 1 favorites to win, while Sweden heads into this game as underdogs at 33 to 20. The over/under total goals for the game is set at 4 1/2 goals. The most notable injury heading into this game is one that made headlines before Canada took on Team USA. New York Islanders player John Tavares was injured in the win against Latvia, and is done for the season in the NHL due to a serious knee injury.
Sunday morning's Canada vs. Sweden hockey game has a scheduled start time of 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time for U.S. viewers. In the United States, fans can watch the game live on NBC affiliate stations, including WSLS 10 in Roanoke. The game will also be live streaming online through the NBC Olympics Live Extra website for cable and satellite viewers with access to the site. Canadian viewers can see this game on CBC TV or live streaming online website, cbc.ca/olympics, starting at 6 or 7 a.m. in the morning