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Canada wins men's ice hockey gold for the ninth time

English.news.cn   2014-02-23 23:11:54

SOCHI, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Canada beat Sweden 3-0 to win the men's ice hockey title for a record ninth time here on Sunday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

It was Canada's first gold medal won in men's ice hockey outside the Americas in 62 years - since it triumphed in the Oslo 1952 Olympic Winter Games.

With the win, Canada becomes the first team to win back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union won gold at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Winter Games.

Canada opened scoring 12:55 into the first period when Jonathan Toews was assisted by teammates Jeff Carter and Shea Weber.

Canada enlarged the lead in the second period, as captain Sidney Crosby, who scored the overtime gold medal winner in the Vancouver 2010, made an one to one and beat the Swedish goaltender with 4:17 to go. Sweden tried to narrow the gap in the third period but the ice hockey powerhouse controlled the match and scored one more by Chris Kunitz in 49:04.

"We played solid and we didn't give anything up in the last few games - we played the way we needed to and it's great to see everyone get rewarded," said Crosby.

"Our defence was solid, so good at skating their way out of trouble we didn't have to play in our own end and, with the guys we have offensively, the more we can stay out of there the better chance we have of creating things," he said.

"We're really proud and we appreciate all the support, we know that there are high expectations coming in and we're glad that we could deliver."

It was Sweden's third silver medal after they finished second at the 1928 and 1964 Olympic Winter Games.

Canada only allowed three goals in six games. It edged the United States 1-0 to make the final, while Sweden beat Finland 2-1 in their semifinal. Finland took the bronze medal.

"The team was totally dedicated to keeping the puck out of our net and we really had a relentless work ethic," said Canada's goaltender Carely Price.

Canada also won the women's ice hockey gold at Sochi as the Canadian women beat the United States 3-2 in overtime Wednesday.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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