The only thing that would have made it better would have been making the Russian bear dance to “O Canada” inside his own wintry den. Otherwise, Canada’s men’s hockey team ran the table at Olympus and reaffirmed its primacy around the planet.
By snuffing out the Swedes, 3-0, on goals by Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby, and Chris Kunitz in Sunday’s final inside the Bolshoy Ice Dome for their third gold medal at the last four Games and their country’s ninth in the sport, Captain Crosby and his maple-leafed teammates checked several significant boxes. They were the first champions to repeat since the Soviet Union did it in 1988, and the first to win every game (six in all) since the Big Red Machine managed it in 1984. And they were the first Canadian team to win a gold medal outside of North America since the 1952 squad did it in Oslo. FULL STORY