Olympics recap, Day 10: Toews' goal helps Canada earn gold
|Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews pose with their gold medals (Getty Images).|
It was a dominating performance by Canada in the Olympics' gold medal game, and it all began with a big-game player familiar to Blackhawks fans; Jonathan Toews' first-period goal was all the Canadians needed, while Montreal's Carey Price made 24 saves to shut out Sweden, 3-0.
Pittsburgh Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz added the Canadians' second and third goals, respectively, while New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 33 of 36 shots in the loss for the depleted Swedish squad. Sweden won silver, their first medal since winning gold in Turin in 2006.
Canada won consecutive gold medals in men's hockey for the first time since the 1948 and 1952 games, and were the first "perfect" Olympic squad since the Soviet Union in 1984. Since 1998, the first games in which NHL players were allowed to participate, Canada has won gold in three of five tournaments.
Duncan Keith (CAN): The Blackhawks' top defenseman was one of three Canadian skaters to play more than 20 minutes in the gold medal game (20:32) while seeing time on both the power play and penalty kill. He was on ice for the Canadians' first two goals, finishing with a plus-two rating and no shots on net. He finished the tournament with one assist in six games, a plus-six rating and an average of 21:06 of action per game, second-best on Canada's gold-medal squad.
Patrick Sharp (CAN): Sharp saw limited action in the win, skating just five shifts for a total of 3:40 of ice time. He did not record a shot on goal, and finished with an even plus/minus rating. He scored one goal in five Olympic games, averaging 10:10 of action per contest.
Jonathan Toews (CAN): Toews skated 19:13 in Canada's gold-medal game, over a minute more than the next highest Canadian forward. His goal - a redirect off a pass from Los Angeles' Jeff Carter - stood up as the game-winner. The Blackhawks' captain won 9 of 20 chances at the dot, while recording four shots on goal and a plus-one rating. He finished the Olympics with three points (1G, 2A) in six games, and a plus-three rating.
Niklas Hjalmarsson (SWE): In 18:03 of action at even-strength and on the penalty kill, Hjalmarsson did not record a shot on goal, while also finishing with a minus-one rating for Sweden. He ended the Olympic tournament with an even plus/minus rating over six games, and failed to record a point. His 18:20 time-on-ice average was third among Swedish blueliners, behind only Detroit's Niklas Kronwall and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson.
Marcus Kruger (SWE): With injuries to two of Sweden's top centers, and with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom a last-minute scratch, Kruger was given increased ice time and responsibilities on Sunday. He skated 17:46 and saw power-play and penalty-kill action in Sweden's loss, but he and linemates Jimmie Ericsson and Carl Hagelin were one of his country's most dangerous combinations all game. Kruger did not register a point in the tournament, but he finished with a plus-one rating in six games, averaging 12:40 per contest.
Johnny Oduya (SWE): Oduya saw 12:21 of action through two periods before sitting in the third in favor of Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He did not register a shot on net in the game, and finished the tournament with one assist in six games, while skating an average of 16:07.