The Canadian men’s hockey team took gold on the final day of the 2014 Olympics, defeating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game at the Bolshoy Ice Dome on Sunday.

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored Canada’s goals and the crushing defence did the rest, as goaltender Carey Price secured his second-straight shutout of the Olympics. All three forwards scored their first goals of the tournament in the gold medal game.

As the game wore on, Canada became more and more dominant, tiring out the Swedes with a relentless cycle game and stifling defensive play that was the hallmark of the 2014 Canadian Olympic team.

While everyone talked about the struggling Canadian offence, their defence quietly and efficiently smothered the rest of the world’s best forwards, shutting out the United States and Sweden in the final two games to take gold.

Canada gave up a mere three goals in six games and never trailed for the entire tournament.

“I think anyone knows the talent and ability this team has,” Toews told Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman. “A huge credit goes to our commitment to playing a team game and will to win.

“People were doubting whether we can scores goals in this tournament. It’s easy for a group like that to go press and try and create offence and get away from our game plan but we stuck with it every single night. [And] here we all are on top of the podium so it feels really good.”… see more