After a successful semi-final where Canada edged out a win over Team USA, Canada’s men demonstrated hockey supremacy with a 3-0 victory over Sweden. Canada’s women early defeated Team USA 3-2 in a nail biting final.
The game started at 7 a.m. EST and at 4 a.m. on the West Coast. In Alberta, where bars close at 3 a.m. Sunday morning they were reopened and served liquor at 5 a.m MST. Hockey crazy Canadians were up either all night or early morning to take in this game. A poster put out by AMP Radio best depicts Canada’s attitude during important hockey games.
Canada’s best hockey players demonstrated their ability with three unanswered goals against a challenged Swedish team, particularly in the third period.
Jonathan Toews moved Canada ahead in the first period, Sidney Crosby doubled in the second and Chris Kunitz sealed the victory in the third period. The victory, which put Canadians on the podium for all to hear the Canadian national anthem, sealed a successful Olympics, where Canada never trailed in any games, and was the first gold medalist to win all of its game, since the Soviet Union’s successful run in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia in 1984.
During the first five games of the tournament Team Canada only gave up three goals, with a good defensive effort. Toews and Crosby’s goals in the first two periods, required Sweden to score at least that many in one period. Chris Kunis ended that hope with the third goal for Canada.
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper congratulated the team. In a statement he said:
“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to our men’s Olympic hockey team on achieving the gold medal at the Sochi Winter Games.
Today’s exciting victory by this exceptional group of players has demonstrated once again that hockey truly is Canada’s game. The passion and dedication shown by our team throughout this grueling competition have inspired Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and have made us all extremely proud.”
Team Canada is the first back to back Gold medalist since the NHL started sending players to the Olympic games.
Well done Team Canada and message to President Obama: Two cases of Yuengling beer will suit Canada’s PM just fine. Better luck next time.