SOCHI -- Victory. Vindication. Another gold medal.
Canada got it all Sunday at Bolshoy Ice Dome in a clinical 3-0 victory against Sweden in the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby scored their first goals of the tournament, and Carey Price made 24 saves, to help Canada become the first repeat gold-medal winner since the Soviet Union/Unified Team won three in a row from 1984-92.
Price didn't give up a goal in the final 164:19 of the tournament. He was named the best goaltender of the tournament by the IIHF, and led all goaltenders with a 0.59 goals-against average and .972 save percentage.
Chris Kunitz also scored his first Olympic goal in the third period.
"For us to be able to execute on the biggest stage and play the way we did, and there was lots of complaints early that we didn't score, I thought we were dominant," Canada coach Mike Babcock said. "I thought we played great."
Matt Duchene centered Canada's fourth line, playing with wingers Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis and Patrick Sharp. He finished with a shot and two faceoff wins.
The Avs' Gabriel Landeskog played on a line with Marcus Johansson and Jakob Silfverberg and had three shots on goal for Sweden.
SOCHI -- The chance to win another Olympic medal for Finland was one of the reasons Teemu Selanne threw his golf clubs into a pond at the end of a promotional video in which he announced he would come back for one more season.Mission accomplished for the 43-year-old legend.
Selanne added a third bronze medal to his collection of hardware Saturday by scoring his third and fourth goals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics in a 5-0 victory against the United States in the bronze-medal game at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Selanne, who has already announced that this will be his last season in the NHL and his last Olympics, finishes his Olympic career with four medals and 24 goals in six tournaments. He helped Finland win the silver medal in the 2006 Torino Olympics and the bronze medal in 1998 in Nagano, 2010 in Vancouver and now 2014, when he also served as the Finnish captain. He also played in the Olympics in 1992 and 2002.
Avalanche center Paul Stastny finished his second Olympics with two goals scored (in Team USA's opener vs. Slovakia) and had 10 shots in six games.
SOCHI -- Canada won the rematch that was four years in the making. Now it can try to win another gold medal.
Shifts: 11 | +/-: 0
Canada will play Sweden in the gold-medal game Sunday (7 a.m. ET, NBC, CBC). The Canadians have won two of the past three Olympic gold medals after going 50 years without one (1952-2002). The U.S. will play Finland for the bronze medal Saturday (10 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC).
Carey Price had the shutout with 31 saves in a game that featured an electric pace, mostly controlled by the Canadians.
Avalanche center Matt Duchene played center on Canada's fourth line, joining Patrick Sharp and Rick Nash. Duchene finished with a shot in 11 shift and won seven of nine faceoffs.
SOCHI -- It took an injury to one of Canada's numerous stars, but Matt Duchene will be back in his natural position Friday when the Canadians take on the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics semifinals at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
With John Tavares injured and ruled out for the rest of the tournament, Duchene, a healthy scratch Wednesday against Latvia, will play center between Rick Nash and Patrick Sharp on what is considered Canada's fourth line.
Duchene was a left wing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in the two games he has played in the tournament. The 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward had no points, four shots on goal and averaged 13:50 of ice time per game.
"It's a big opportunity for myself now, a chance to play center, to play where I'm comfortable," Duchene said after practice Thursday. "You know, there's been a lot of unfamiliarity in this tournament, and when you get a short chance at it, sometimes it can be tough, so this is going to be much more familiar. I've played against Sharp and Nash a lot, and it looks like, well, we'll see what happens, but looks like it's going to be my line, and I'm looking forward to playing with them."
If you remember the format that the International Ice Hockey Federation followed for the men's hockey tournament at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics then the following simply will be a refresher. However, if you can't recall that tournament or the format then we've got you covered.
Here is all the information you need to know about the teams, dates and format for the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics:
This is group play so each country will play every country in their group once, equaling three games per country and 18 games in total.
The IIHF follows a three-point system per game. Teams will receive three points for a win in regulation and zero points for a regulation loss. Each team receives one point if the game goes to overtime, and a second point is awarded to the team that wins in the five-minute overtime or the shootout.
The top four teams based on where they finish in the group and highest number of points in the preliminary round will receive byes into the quarterfinals and be considered the home team in that round. The IIHF will refer to the four teams as 1D, 2D, 3D and 4D.
The tie-breaking procedure can come down to goal-differential, higher numbers of goals-for, and finally which country had a better 2013 IIHF world ranking.