SOCHI, Russia —
again proved that he’s a big-time, big-game scorer.
Crosby, held without a goal in Canada’s first five games at the
Crosby scored the "golden goal" at Vancouver in 2010, scoring in overtime against the U.S. This time, Canada didn't need to go to sudden-death play to become the first repeat men's Olympic champion since the old Soviet Union teams won in 1984 and 1988.
Eleven players on Team Canada became two-time gold medalists, including
Canada got better game by game in Sochi, the goal stated by just about every player and coach in this tournament but one that only Coach Mike Babcock and his players could pull off. That helped the Canadian men win their first gold medal outside of North America since the 1952 Oslo Games.
Canada allowed only three goals in defeating Norway, Austria, Finland, Latvia, the U.S. and previously unbeaten Sweden.
The Swedes, depleted by injuries, lost center
After a close call for each side, Canada broke through to score the game's first goal, at 12:55 of the first period.
A smart pinch by defenseman
Toews, of the NHL’s
And for another omen: Crosby’s breakaway gave Canada a more secure 2-0 lead at 15:43 of the second period. He made the play possible by stealing the puck from
Canada's third goal scorer in the 2010 championship game was Perry, incidentally. He didn't score on Sunday against Sweden, but thanks to Price's goaltending and Canada's strong defensive play, its production proved more than enough.