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Canada's goalie Carey Price reaches back to glove a loose puck during the men's hockey gold-medal...

Canada's goalie Carey Price reaches back to glove a loose puck during the men's hockey gold-medal game against Sweden at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 23, 2014. (JULIO CORTEZ/Reuters/Pool)

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

1ST PERIOD:

Brisk pace to start the game as Swedes served notice they were game to try to win it rather than not lose ... First two shifts for captain Sidney Crosby resulted in a pair of good scoring chances for Patrice Bergeron, but the Bruins star couldn’t cash ... Moments later, the Swedes did everything but go up 1-0. Gustav Nyquist jammed a puck that went off the post, off Carey Price’s and trickled toward the line before the Canadian netminder smothered it with his glove ... After a Bergeron post (following deflection on the shaft of Henrik Lundqvist’s stick) Canada finally got on the board with a Jonathan Toews tip of a Jeff Carter pass from the corner. It was the first of the tourney for Toews, who also scored the opening goal in the 2010 gold-medal game ... Marty St. Louis, who has seen little ice time as the 10th forward, had three shifts for a total of one minute and 12 seconds, a couple of them with Crosby ... Canada had the first power play of the game but was unable to generate any decent chances ... Sweden’s lone chance with the extra man came with 12 seconds remaining.

2ND PERIOD:

Price was forced to make a couple of sharp saves as the Swedes took advantage of the clean ice and the power play ... More action from St. Louis resulted in a near goal after he fanned on a one-timer from Rick Nash and still almost beat Lundqvist ... Canada’s best chance on a power play came when a Corey Perry one-timer off of a Ryan Getzlaf pass just whistled wide ... Canadian forwards generating more odd-man rushes and sustained pressure through the middle portion of the period ... Canada easily would have expanded its lead if it were not for two great saves by Lundqvist -- a glove on a chopping backhander by Rick Nash and a quick reaction on a Corey Perry redirect ... Sidney Crosby, so strong defensively, had his breakout play for a huge goal. After a steal at the Swedish blueline and from a standing start, No. 87 sprinted loose on a breakaway and with a lightning deke move, beating Lundqvist on the backhand to give Team Canada a 2-0 lead.

3RD PERIOD:

Another sharp save by Lundqvist just 27 seconds in to avoid this game being blown wide open. This time it's a pad save on Toews ... Two minutes later, it was dangerous Drew Doughty ringing one off the iron off the Swedish net ... Next up on the Canadian assault was a Patrick Marleau wraparound ... What we are seeing six minutes in is Canadian domination. The physicality and puck control they exerted on the Swedes in the second period is having a carryover effect ... Chris Kunitz steals the puck from Daniel Sedin, goes in alone and rifles a wrister just under the bar on Lundqvist’s stick side for the insurance goal ... The Swedes have nothing and the game can’t end quick enough - with six minutes remaining, Canada has an 11-1 edge in third-period shots. This is easily their most dominant game of the tournament ... And with that, Team Canada becomes the first repeat gold medallist in men’s hockey since the Soviet Union turned the trick in 1988.

- ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency


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