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Canada shuts out Sweden for men's hockey gold

Canada's Sidney Crosby (L) scores against Sweden during

Canada's Sidney Crosby (L) scores against Sweden during the men's ice hockey final at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo Credit: Getty Images / JULIO CORTEZ

Canada beat Sweden, 3-0, to retain their Olympic men's ice hockey title, confirming their status as the sport's undisputed superpower.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Chris Kunitz each scored as Canada capped an unbeaten run through the tournament to claim their third gold medal in four Winter Games and their first outside North America in 62 years.

It also marked the first time since the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Games that a team had marched through the competition without a loss.

Carey Price made 24 saves to record his second straight Olympic shutout.

Canada's campaign was anchored by an almost impenetrable defense that allowed only three goals over six games, including shutouts over the United States in the semifinals and Sweden in the final.

The Swedish attack that had already been hit by injuries received another blow just before the opening faceoff when center Nicklas Backstrom was a shock late scratch due to a failed dope test. There are reports Backstrom had tested positive due to an allergy medication.

Since ending a 50-year gold-medal drought at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, Canadian hockey has undergone a remarkable renaissance their Olympic reign only interrupted by a seventh-place finish in Turin in 2006, when Sweden took gold.

The ice hockey gold was the final medal to be decided in Sochi, coming just hours before the closing ceremonies at Fisht Stadium.


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