Liveblog: Olympic Games, gold-medal game: Canada 3, Sweden 0

Another golden day for Canada!

For the second straight Olympics, Canada has won Olympic hockey gold.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price picked up his second straight shutout as Team Canada beat Sweden 3-0 Sunday in the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics. Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored the goals.

Price made 24 saves for his second straight shutout and allowed only three goals in five starts in Sochi. Price was named the tournament’s outstanding goaltender after posting a 5-0 record with a 0.59 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. He allowed only three goals on 106 shots in Sochi.

Canada becomes the first back-to-back gold-medal winner since the NHL started sending players to the Olympics in 1998.

HI/O’s Mike Boone was blogging live during the game along with Postmedia News writers Bruce Arthur, Cam Cole and Sean Fitz-Gerald in Sochi and Michael Traikos and Josh Visser in Canada. You can read the blog by clicking here

(Photo by Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada wins hockey gold, by Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News

Price savours his golden Olympic moment, by Ed Willes of Postmedia News

Habs fans need to let Subban snub go, by Mike Boone

A great win, but not a great game, by Jack Todd

Live gold-medal game blog with Mike Boone

Complete Olympic hockey coverage, Postmedia News

830 Comments

  1. Strummer says:

    Cherry with more Eddie Shore quotes. And he saw all these players in minor midget. Haven’t heard that one since last coach’s corner.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    Making breakfast, so not paying attention, but did I hear Don Cherry take credit for John Tavares, Jonathan Toews, P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty?

    “I saw them first!…”

    Nice bit of bullying blowhardiness. Get that poor man off the air, along with Bob Cole.
    ———————————————————————–
    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  3. frontenac1 says:

    Marty St.Louis getting some ice time! Hope he gets the next one. Saludos!

  4. dabu says:

    Watching German language feed from Swiss TV in Andalo in Northern Italy. Keep hearing announcer say “Keine probleme fur Carey Price”. Guess this means he is seeing everything and handling cooly. Whole family wearing Canada sweaters. Go Canada Go!
    PS (Edit) Only problem is can’t find a beer. Have to settle for a bottle of Amarone :(

  5. habtastic74 says:

    Man, watching Price play in these Olympics and knowing how weak the east is this year…It’s giving me this strange hope that the Habs go big as buyers at the deadline.

  6. Cal says:

    Watching the broadcast on the French CBC. Dubé and McGuire are the best. They capture the excitement of the game.
    Nice tip by Captain Serious. Stone Cold Price looking like a glacial wall.

  7. jols says:

    Big kill to start the 2nd.

  8. Maritime Ronn says:

    Yea, real advantage witn north american refs…
    that was an even up political call

  9. Un Canadien errant says:

    All tournament long, I’ve been caught by surprise at the announcement of the last minute of play in a period. The games fly by, without the neanderthal scrumming in front of nets after whistles.

  10. Adidess says:

    Can’t get my head around how poor the PP has been and that sticking-with-what’s-not-working strategy with Sharp on the point!

  11. RetroMikey says:

    Jim Hughson has got be one of the most overrated, boring hockey broadcasters!
    Where is Gord Miller? The best!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  12. habsfaninboston says:

    Key kill coming up.

  13. habs-fan-84 is Canadian says:

    Just got back from vacation last night. Only got to see the first two games of the tournament.

    Two things that stand out:

    1. Toews
    2. Overall D

  14. Adidess says:

    What a goalie we’ll have in Montreal going forward! The way Price is playing, he knows his time has come. Our goalie has arrived!

  15. habsfaninboston says:

    Looks like we’re picking up the pace. Let’s bury one here.

  16. piter says:

    Good save by Price, no help from Vlasic. Deflected off his stick…

  17. Adidess says:

    That goal will change the game. Sweden’s strategy will leave them vulnerable to too many 3-on-2s. They had to score first. Coming back will be tough

  18. Un Canadien errant says:

    First goal had to be a scrummy messy ping-pong goal, after a couple of posts. Good for us that we got it.

  19. Maritime Ronn says:

    The real Captain takes charge

  20. habsfaninboston says:

    Yessss! Nice drive to the net.

  21. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Yeah, great play!

  22. Adidess says:

    The ferocity so far feels more like NHL playoffs!

  23. frontenac1 says:

    Yess!!!!!!!

  24. jols says:

    Yaaaaaa!!!! Toews.

  25. Maritime Ronn says:

    Bergeron already has 3 great chances

  26. Adidess says:

    It’s been said a trizillion of times, but omg it must be eating so hard at PK not to get a chance to skate in that big game on that big ice.

    The biggest game of all. You’re so close to being involved in it, yet so far!

    • Bash says:

      Not to start another riot but we have already seen three suspect plays by the Canada bottom two D.

      “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  27. piter says:

    Our D looks a bit scrambly.

  28. jols says:

    Sweden came to play. Canada needs to crank it up. Neither team playing passive. Great hockey.

  29. CJ says:

    Second on the puck. Let’s arrive first and in a bad mood. Can’t sit on these guys.

  30. Maritime Ronn says:

    So far, Sweden skating better than Canada

  31. Adidess says:

    Wow, Sweden playing with incredible speed and hitting hard. Price looking calm and confident!

  32. jols says:

    Whoa, that was close. Nice instincts by Price.

  33. Blondie est Canadien says:

    That was way too close!

  34. Habfan10912 says:

    Holy crap. Thank you post.

  35. Habfan10912 says:

    Price the vacuum! Atta boy!

  36. Blondie est Canadien says:

    Good pressure to start. Looking promising.

  37. Et le Canadian but says:

    Good morning everyone!

    Ungodly hour for a hockey game but a beautiful Golden morning here in Montréal; Go Canada Go!

  38. Un Canadien errant says:

    Canada gets the better chances early. Gotta bury those.

  39. Maritime Ronn says:

    Good early sign of winning puck battles

  40. Un Canadien errant says:

    Nice easy first shot at Carey, to help him with the cobwebs and jitters.

  41. Luke is Canadian says:

    He looks like the father from Alf. (The SWE coach, I mean).

  42. Un Canadien errant says:

    No Henrik Sedin or Nicklas Backstrom for Sweden, no Steven Stamkos or John Tavares for Canada. No excuses.

  43. piter says:

    Carey will have to keep track of Karlsson pinching in. Glad he’s familiar with him from the NHL.

  44. Luke is Canadian says:

    Yo. Just checkin’ in. ‘Sup folks?

    Go Canada Go

  45. Maritime Ronn says:

    Canada’s forwards will wear down Sweden’ s Dmen.
    Karlsson will not be allowed any time or space.
    He does not like pressure or physical play
    Guaranteed he has some major giveaways today

  46. Un Canadien errant says:

    Where’s the B.C. contingent at? HabitantinSurrey, Habcouver, Johnnylarue?

  47. Habfan10912 says:

    Come on Pricer. One more! Go Canada!

  48. Captain aHab says:

    I think Bergeron will have a huge game and score the winner.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  49. Un Canadien errant says:

    On this momentous occasion, we’re going to watch the game like in the Dark Ages. At an inconvenient time. Live, not on PVR, with commercials and no ability to skip over Don Cherry or nothing.

    If I could, I’d mess with the picture quality on my plasma, and get me a nice black and white, snowy, staticky image, with a bouncing vertical hold.

    ———————————————————————–
    My sources are unreliable, but their info is fascinating.–Woody Paige

    http://relentlessineptitude.blogspot.com/

  50. jols says:

    ‘Morning everyone!!! Today is a good day to win the gold medal.

    Go Canada Go!!!

  51. Captain aHab says:

    So I like beer as much as the next guy but it’s way early for one of those right now. Eggs, toast and Beer?

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  52. montreal ace says:

    Sidney Crosby if going to have a great game, I can just feel it

  53. Strabo says:

    Good morning HIO. It’s a beautiful morning in Haneytown, NB backyard of Base Gagetown. Here’s to a great game.
    Cheers

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

  54. Maritime Ronn says:

    No to center Nicklas Backstrom
    Big break for Canada

  55. L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

    I haven’t been this happy to hear my alarm, since never.

    Go Canada! Go Carey!

  56. the twilight hours of a Canadian winter says:

    I’ve only seen but 4 periods of this tournament, but I haven’t heard a peep from subban. Did he ever speak to the media?

    • Captain aHab says:

      I think he spoke very early on but haven’t heard him since. I hope he’ll do his talking on the ice once he comes back. With a golden chip on his shoulders.

      Did the 3rd goalie get any time in a game? Does he get a medal if he didn’t?

      —————-
      Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

      • L Elle is Canadian, eh? says:

        3rd goalie dressed as backup to Luongo vs Austria.

        PK was mentioned in an article how he’s been “reduced to” helping Price warm up in practice, by sending shots his way. Doin’ his part. Can’t be easy though.

      • ianism says:

        no, but Smith was dressed for a game (against Austria, when Price was scratched) and that’s enough to get him the medal

        Same for Subban.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      With the way the media hounds cut and disect every word, just as well.
      No matter how he would have answered the most dumb questions, there wasn’t any good to come from an interview

  57. Cal says:

    Can the $170 million New Jersey Devils do it? Probably not.
    The Swedes have been playing the trap since they were tugging on their mothers’ skirts. Ought to be a barn burner. Not.

  58. Captain aHab says:

    So Russia ends up at the top of the medal standings…after spending $52B, I guess it’s a good thing they did well or heads would have rolled.

    —————-
    Me skull and crossbones arn’t the only thing I plan on raisin’ tonight.

  59. JarryPark is Canadian says:

    Bon match mes amis

  60. JUST ME says:

    Mornin!

    A little out of sync here but since i`m not alone…Have a great game everyone !

  61. Blondie est Canadien says:

    If we play the same way we did last game we’ve got this in the bag.

  62. JohnnyCanuckful says:

    Canadian bacon > Swedish meatballs

    — “A little song, that never gets old: ‘Canada wins another gold.'” –

  63. CJ says:

    Roll call…… Here!

    Good morning everyone! Omelettes and toast are down. Let’s go team Canada!

  64. montreal ace says:

    I am trying to think about things I dislike about Sweden, so far the only thing I can come up with is Ikea’s exchange policy. One of my friends had a hard time returning some shelves.

  65. The Teacher says:

    HayaaaaaaA canadaaaaaaaa

  66. Bash says:

    Ready to rock in NL!

    Coffee right now but it will be 12:00 somewhere soon :)

    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  67. JohnnyCanuckful says:

    Where are the Price haters now, eh? And the Babcock bashers?

  68. Peter Young says:

    Up at 3:20 a.m. in Los Angeles for the big game. Go, Canada, Go.

  69. Maritime Ronn says:

    Morning all

    Have a feeling this place is going to get busy…
    Bring it home Carey

  70. 24 Cups says:

    In Carey we trust.

  71. habddiction says:

    Woo hoo go canada go, we rock

  72. Maritime Ronn says:

    He’s busy deciding between Grappa or Anisette

  73. 24 Cups says:

    Just checking to make sure you’re aware of Mike Boone’s time honoured reverse jinx. It’s a bit like Babcock’s McGill tie.

  74. smiler2729 says:

    Do you eat Corn Flakes sprinkled with poop?

    _______________________________________
    Jack Edwards is a clam.
    Gary Bettman is a bobblehead.
    The “CH” in CHOKE stands for Toronto Maple Leafs.

  75. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Get a life.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  76. ont fan says:

    Apparently the Yanks didn’t win!

  77. D Mex-iCanadian says:

    Please do us the same favour – and don’t wait until 2018.
    Thanks !

    ALWAYS Habs –
    D Mex

  78. DalEng says:

    hahaha smash some more rums into would ya!!

    The refs were picked based on experience. Why is it Canadas fault if the majority of refs and linesman that do nhl and ahl games are Canadian?

    Even the Sweden players said they would rather those refs because they are use to their play calling. Lobbying for non-regulation rink in 2010?? Why build a million dollar olympic size ice surface and use it for one tournament!!!! Were in NA dummy.

  79. Prop Is Canadian says:

    U mad bruh?

    ____________________
    DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

  80. olematelot says:

    What a incredibly stupid rant.

  81. The Jackal says:

    nuna????

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  82. gannydallivan says:

    Paranoid dementia!

  83. Adidess says:

    There are a few people who are hard to get on this board, but seriously you win it by a landslide. Refere-ing was a complete non-factor in this game. So what is exactly the point here?

  84. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    The troll of trolls…LOL.

  85. Alvin says:

    Wait a minute guys. Don’t you think Etcheverry has a point.? The on ice officials were all Canuck? I didn’t kn ow that. That IS not right. Imagine if Canada had lost a gold medal with all US or Russkie officials on ice. There would be a national uproar.

  86. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Aren’t you special.

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  87. Adidess says:

    Really? That’s your way of celebrating Canada’s gold medal?

  88. The Jackal says:

    Zzzzzzzz

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  89. DoopsyDiddler says:

    You’re a winner today, scotland.

    Walk tall buddy.

  90. Loonie says:

    Mmmhmm…..Boston’s last Cup had the Habs push them further than any other team. Not too long before that they eliminated the Penguins in a blowout game seven.

    The team has more talent now than it had then, by a country mile. I don’t think this team is built to win a Cup but they aren’t by any means eliminated before the playoffs start just because the Bruins and Penguins play in the East. Rask has been consistently bad against the Habs and the Penguins still have Fleury in net. There isn’t a team in the East that is unbeatable.

  91. kempie says:

    Where do these guys come from?

  92. Ron says:

    Sprinkled with Rob Ford sugar I would say.

  93. HardHabits says:

    That’s the spirit.

  94. Strummer says:

    you guys shouldn’t take the bait- ignore him

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  95. the twilight hours of a Canadian winter says:

    How drunk are you?

  96. The Jackal says:

    No point at all. The officials were mostly Canadian and one American. Had they called a biased game then yes, there could be a problem, but officiating was not a factor and they called a good game. What’s the problem? Nothing.

    ______________________
    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  97. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Common question on the site…LMFAO

  98. frontenac1 says:

    I’m not as drunk as Friday,but the day is young.

  99. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Some people will never be satisfied with Price no matter what he accomplishes they hate on him just for the sake on hating him. He could win the cup for us a la Roy and people would still hate on him.

  100. the twilight hours of a Canadian winter says:

    Still boozing, I see.

  101. Chris says:

    If you think entertainment of the fans at home or in the stands isn’t a primary point of interest for professional sports, I think you are in for a surprise.

  102. Sportfan says:

    Yeah Hockey is a bagillion times better !

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!
    http://nickolaisblog.wordpress.com/

  103. CJ says:

    I agree Storm. More interesting might be who’s on the way out.

  104. Chris says:

    Or just hockey fans. I don’t think it is a crime to admire the talent of players like Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, Ryan McDonagh or Erik Karlsson. I would love to see any of them in a Habs jersey!

  105. Rugger says:

    There is nothing like playing scrum half, my position for 37 years of Rugby and if the good lord willing, starting year 38 in a month!

  106. Strummer says:

    Or even Phil Kessel who is constantly belittled on this site.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  107. Chris says:

    I’d take Kessel.

    More controversially, I would absolutely take Alex Radulov based on the way he played in Sochi: big, fast and willing to go in front of the net. And best of all, he could be had without trading assets. Unfortunately, he seems to be a bit of a jerk and he would want huge coin. But the guy has undeniable talent.

  108. monmick is Canadian says:

    Or Nazem Kadri…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  109. monmick is Canadian says:

    Agree on Radulov talent, but I would have a hard time overlooking his history. Anytime you bring someone onto a team, you have to assess the impact it will have on team chemistry…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

  110. Strummer says:

    Maybe having a veteran Russian like Markov on the habs could settle Radulov down.

    ______________________________________________________
    “It’s just an opinion- I could be wrong”

  111. Chris says:

    Tinordi had to work big time on his reads and his pivots…he was very weak when guys drove him to the outside late last season and at the start of this season.

    Everything I’ve heard is that he’s improved dramatically in Hamilton, so I’d be happy to see him again. But I think Beaulieu’s puck movement is a much more important component to the Habs’ defence, and they aren’t likely to waiver a veteran, so that leaves one of Beaulieu or Tinordi with a job.

    I would definitely take Tinordi ahead of Douglas Murray or Francis Bouillon, but he’d be behind Subban, Markov, Emelin and Gorges on my depth chart at this point in time. That will hopefully change very rapidly, as the Habs need him to jump up to take 20 minutes of defensive minutes.

  112. SmartDog says:

    Tell that to the 90% of the planet that prefers soccer (and has never put on a pair of skates).

    ————————————-
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  113. Chris says:

    Most people yes…but not you.

    Football and goaltending are nothing alike, so you would probably suck at it. ;)

    All joking aside, Price was a beast. I just hope he can play behind that when he returns to the reality of the horror show that is the Montreal Canadiens defence corps.

  114. Chris says:

    Guess you missed that I was joking, Tim. But don’t worry…I’ve always known that you have zero respect for me, so I’m not particularly hurt to hear it once again. :)

  115. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Not just you. Lucid arguments, spelling, and, heck, respect itself, are among the things he doesn’t respect.

  116. Chris says:

    What was bitter? FFS, read my damned posts. I freely said that Price was amazing. I have repeatedly said that I am totally down with some picking Price, some picking Rask, some picking Lundqivst. They were all awesome.

    I have repeatedly posted that Price has been playing at a surreal level. I just happened to think that Rask’s performance for a MUCH weaker team was more valuable.

    That was all. I’m sorry that you found that offensive. I’m sorry that your sporting superiority means that my opinions are trashing the guy. It was not at all my intention, but I guess I didn’t beat the dead horse hard enough.

    So for the record: Price was awesome. He was an absoute beast. I’ve NEVER seen him as poised, confident and positionally sound as he was in this tournament. He was just outstanding.

    I can’t blame Price that he got stuck behind the best defensive team that the sport has ever seen. It isn’t his fault…blame Steve Yzerman! It would have been great to see him tested a few times because I honestly believe he would have risen to whatever was thrown at him. This tournament was his coming out party, and he made a righteous show of it.

    Does this assuage your indignation?

  117. Chris says:

    The funny thing is that I was never against the Halak trade. Not once. I keep getting lumped in as a Halakite. It is a little bewildering.

    My thoughts on the Halak trade have never wavered: Halak was a good young goalie. So was Price. The team had to pick one, and Price was ALWAYS going to be that one. 100 times out of 100.

    I was very happy that they got Eller, as I thought he was good return on an asset that the team simply didn’t have room for. Halak wanted to be a #1, and it wasn’t going to happen in Montreal. I thought it was a good trade on day one, and I still do.

    But here is where I differ from so many here: I am absoutely ecstatic when Halak does well. Why? Because the kid played his damned heart out for the Canadiens. He got dealt some crappy cards…he performed at every level, but he was never going to get a chance because Price’s star was a super nova. That was not Price’s fault, it was just reality.

    In your profile, you list anybody whose worn the jersey as a favourite player. I’m not quite that indiscriminate (I will never like Mike Ribeiro or Jose Theodore), but Halak wore the jersey and he wore it well. He seemed like a good, humble guy that largely tried not to rock the boat despite some pretty crappy circumstances.

    So like other former Habs that were good guys, I wish Jaro well in St. Louis and I always keep an eye on his performances. I also follow Chris Higgins, Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder’s career very well because all were guys that I really liked for a variety of reasons.

    As a goaltender, I’ve always liked Price while finding his inconsistency a little maddening. He’s got so much potential, it was hard to wait while he figured it all out. Some of his behaviour turned me off a bit. But the Carey Price we’ve seen for the past couple of years is full value: he’s poised, confident, mature and he is one of the best goaltenders in the world, probably top 3 right now.

    So no, I did not ever say that keeping Price was a HUGE mistake. I have undoubtedly defended Halak from some of the ridiculous attacks made on this site, but I’ve always accepted that Price was the right guy to keep. I’m not making this up to save face…I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong about a player. I’ve eaten crow more than a few times on this site.

    But I do find the constant focus on goaltending to be excessive, and this Olympic tournament is no different. Goaltending is a hugely important part of the game, but goalies are far too often credited with credit that should be placed on the team in front of them. There are games where a goalie absolutely stands on his head and deserves all the credit he receives (for example the Latvian goalie against Canada!).

    In football, the quarterback gets an undeserved amount of credit for a team game. In hockey, its the goalie. It has always driven me a little nuts.

  118. Chris says:

    Not sure if you’re responding to my list of defensive defencemen below.

    If we’re talking best all-around defenceman, Suter would definitely be on that list. Suter, Weber and Doughty are the only three I am 100% confident of. After that, take your pick of a handful of guys, including Subban and Karlsson.

  119. Timo says:

    Hey Stormy, since you’re in the mood buying tickets… we were thinking visiting Ireland this summer… can you swing 3 two way tickets? We do like living here, just like to travel.

  120. Chris says:

    Always on the lookout for a deal, Timo…

  121. Timo says:

    I am as cheap as they come. (setting expectations up front in case anyone of you ever expects me to buy them drinks)

  122. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Are you saying he could make Team Canada, you know, if he was Canadian? Which D-man does he replace?

    Hockey isn’t everything … it’s the only thing … except for beer and guitars!

  123. Timo says:

    Subban as a cheerleader.

  124. Timo says:

    Unlike Germany or Norway, Canada medalled in many sports. Speedskaters (long and short track) were clearly a disappointment.

  125. Timo says:

    You should register a business and write these tickets off as tax deductible.

  126. Un Canadien errant says:

    Please Chris, know that I seek out your posts and read and appreciate them all, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Don’t get fed up with the detractors and speed-readers and nitpickers and quit on us.

  127. Chris says:

    Nah, Tim and I just butt heads from time to time. He keeps me honest.

  128. monmick is Canadian says:

    As were the Nordic Skiing events…

    ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…


Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.