First it was the USA; then it was Sweden. Canada’s men’s hockey team won gold in Sochi without allowing the puck to touch the net.
Team Canada swept Sweden 3-0 in the finals on Sunday to earn them their ninth Olympic gold medal. They shutout Team USA 1-0 in the semifinals on Friday.
Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nation, made 24 saves for the Canadians; overall he saved 102 of 105 shots in the Olympics for an almost perfect .971 save percentage, his second straight shutout at the games. Canada as a team allowed only three goals in six Olympic Games.
“I’m just ecstatic, I’m tired,” Price told reporters. “This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m honored to be a part of this.”
Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored one goal each, to make up part of a team that’s the first to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic men’s ice hockey in 22 years.
"We're just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together," Toews told ESPN. "We were just all over them. It's fun to be a part of."
This victory also proves Canada’s dominance of the Swedes at the Olympics. Sweden won the gold medal back in 2006.
“It’s a big disappointment,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said to Bloomberg.com. “I think Canada definitely deserved to win today, they were the better team.”
“We came into one of the most hostile environments for a Canadian, into Russia, and to win a gold medal in Russia is pretty special for Canadians,” forward Rick Nash told Bloomberg.
What a way to end the Olympic Games.