View Count: 104 |  Publish Date: February 24, 2014
Canadians complete perfect run in Sochi

Russia - Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Swedens goalie to the ice with a textbook deke and sliding a backhand into the net.
Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canadas captain finally got his first goal of the games Sunday, it had none of the dramatics of Crosbys last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver.
But it was still golden.
Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, Carey Price made 24 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Canada defended its Olympic mens hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Sweden.
Were just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together, Toews said. We were just all over them. Its fun to be a part of.
Chris Kunitz also scored as the Canadians confirmed their worldwide dominance in their national game by winning the gold for the third time in the past four Olympics. No team in the NHL era has controlled a tournament like this group, which allowed just three goals in six games and did not trail in the 12-day tournament.
Not quite as dramatic as the other one, said Crosby, whose overtime goal gave Canada a victory over the U.S. in the gold-medal game in Vancouver. Just real solid all the way through. We knew the way we wanted to play, and the last couple of games, we were solid. With each game, we seemed to build more and more confidence.
By the final event of the Sochi Olympics, that confidence was unshakable. Canada became the only repeat Olympic champ in the NHL era and the first team to go unbeaten through the Olympic tournament since the Soviet Union in Sarajevo in 1984.
Canada won its record ninth Olympic hockey gold medal - its first outside North America since 1952 - and joined the womens team to complete Canadas second straight Olympic hockey sweep.
The Canadians didnt allow a goal in their final 164-plus minutes of play.
They had a good game plan against us, and they stuck to it, Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson said. We couldnt really break through a brick wall.

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Time: 4:43  |  News Code: 383205  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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