Sweden vs. Canada final score, Olympic hockey 2014: Canada is gold again

Streeter Lecka

For the second straight Winter Olympics, Canada was won gold in men's ice hockey.

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In a tournament where every move made by the Canadian management team and coaching staff was criticized, Canada never trailed for a second, and won their second straight Olympic gold medal in men's hockey. It was a convincing 3-0 win for the Canadians over Sweden, who takes home the silver medal.

Just like in Vancouver, Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby came up big when it mattered, with Toews opening the scoring with a tipped shot through Henrik Lundqvist's legs. Crosby put the game away by causing a turnover on a Swedish zone entry attempt, scoring on the ensuing breakaway.

Chris Kunitz put the icing on the cake with an insurance goal in the third, but once again the strength of Team Canada was their smothering defensive play, holding the powerhouse Swedish offense to just 24 shots.

And the shots that did get through were immediately stopped by Carey Price, who in the two biggest games of his life, posted back to back shutouts.

Sweden started the game strong, coming in waves early, and putting a puck off the post behind Carey Price that bounced off the back of his leg, causing him to dive back with his glove and freeze it on the goal line. After that though, Canada took over and never relented.

Erik Karlsson, so dominant for the entire tournament, was rendered useless by the incredible neutral zone defense of Team Canada.

The Swedes were at a disadvantage from the beginning with Nicklas Backstrom held out of the game after reportedly testing positive for a banned substance. Already down Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, Sweden couldn't match Canada's center depth, and spent much of the game desperately trying to exit their own zone.

In a game that meant everything to Canada, they're golden once more.

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