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

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  1. 100HABS says:

    What stands out to me for Canada in these Olympics is Team.
    We win gold in hockey (2), curling (2), bobsled, then silver in Team Figure-skating and women’s relay.
    On top of that, in skiing, three times we get first and second, with one pushing and supporting the other, both glad of the other’s success.

    That’s what makes me proud to be Canadian, the team spirit, the cooperation and selflessness.

  2. Sprague and Odie says:

    My 2 cents on PK: the one game he played he made a poor play entering the opposition zone. For what ever reason he shot the puck high and it hit an opponent and then hit another Canadian player. When he got to the bench Babcock reamed him out for not making a safe play.
    Subban did get more shifts during the game but he was not used the rest of the games. That game is still there for viewing.

    Babcock wanted a safe, conservative defence and I’m sure PK was lectured about it.

    He’s young and the next games will be his.

    Now back to scrums, face washes, and fights that are the part of the today’s NHL.

  3. Chris says:

    In my opinion, Carey Price was not the tournament MVP. Price was very good, but he never had to be outstanding. This is in no way a shot against Price. The confidence that he exuded leads me to believe he would have stood tall even if he were sorely tested. I’ve never seen him THAT confident and dialed in as he was in the SF and gold medal games.

    There were maybe two occasions in today’s game where I felt Price had to be on his toes: the shot off the post in the first period, and a deflection when it was 2-0. The rest of the game was pretty routine, because the defensive wall that Canada presented today, just as they’ve been doing all tournament, was as good as we’ve ever seen. And that’s why I can’t give him the MVP.

    If I’m picking a tournament MVP for Canada, it is Doughty: he provided offence, and he was a key cog in that defensive shutdown. My tournament All-Star team, based on the games I watched:

    Goalie – Tuukka Rask (Finland)
    Honourable mentions – Carey Price (Canada), Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), Jonas Hiller (Switzerland)

    Sorry Price fans, but Rask was the best goalie in this tournament. He faced tough opponents (Canada, Russia, United States) and played solid hockey. He had the hiccup against Austria, when he gave up four goals, but outside of that I felt he was simply unreal. Like Price, he enjoyed a team defensive system that limited chances, but I felt that Finland conceded more chances than Canada and Rask was always up to the test. Hiller was also amazing for the Swiss, who simply had no other choice but to play tight defensive hockey and hope he could keep them alive.

    Defence – Drew Doughty (Canada) and Erik Karlsson (Sweden)
    Honourable mentions – Shea Weber (Canada), Niklas Kronwall (Sweden), Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Olli Maatta (Finland), Ryan McDonagh (USA)

    Doughty showed why he is widely considered one of the top two or three defencemen in the world. He was great in all aspects of the game. Karlsson gets the second nod for tying Phil Kessel for the tournament scoring lead. Given that Sweden was without so many top players, Karlsson’s performance was a big part of Sweden even getting to the finals.

    Forwards: LW – Mikael Granlund (Finland), C – Jonathan Toews (Canada), RW – Phil Kessel (USA)
    Honourable mentions – Sidney Crosby (Canada), Pavel Datsyuk (Russia), Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Teemu Selanne (Finland), Corey Perry (Canada), Alex Radulov (Russia), Patrice Bergeron (Canada), Ryan Getzlaf (Canada)

    Granlund was the best Finnish player in the tournament. Selanne gets a lot of sentimental votes to be on the team, but Granlund was the engine on that line. He was fantastic.

    Toews was the face of the defensive wall that Canada threw up. He dominated the face-off circle, caused havoc on the forecheck and was constantly generating chances (even though he only got his first goal today). Hands down the best forward for Canada (even though I’m still not a fan of how dirty he can be…he had a vicious cross-check off the puck early in today’s game that the referee ignored).

    Kessel disappeared in the Finland game, but he was one of the only dangerous American forwards against Canada, and he was the top scorer in the tournament as a whole. I would have loved to punish him for the no-show, but he was too good on the whole to leave off the All-Stars.

    • 100HABS says:

      I agree with almost all. I would not put corey perry on that list. He had giveaways and missed chances (he didn’t make those chances, he had great linemates). I thought he belonged even less than Kunitz.

      • Chris says:

        Perry was outstanding on the forecheck throughout the tournament. Along with Benn (who I perhaps should have named ahead of Perry) and Getzlaf, they were the one line that consistently pinned the opposition in their own zones. They weren’t scoring, but they were just dominant.

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      First of all he was named best goalie of the tournament but you could probably make a case for Rask or Lunquist. Tournament MVP was Selanne and rightfully so.

      Price had the best save % and best GAA so if you base it just off stats then yes he was the best goalie of the tournament. He never had to make any show stopping saves or steal a game for team Canada but he was solid when he had to be.

      Just don’t see how you could pick Rask as best goalie Price was solid throughout the tournament played well when it counted and tied an olympic record for longest shutout streak. I stopped reading there.

      • Chris says:

        You are confusing me. You start by saying that you could probably make a case for Rask or Lundqvist, but then say that you just don’t see how I could pick Rask?

        Switch places…if Rask played as he did in this tournament and was traded for Carey Price, Canada still wins gold. Carey Price probably would have been as good as Rask was for Finland, too, but he simply wasn’t tested to the same extent. As you said, he never had to steal a game or make too many show stopping saves.

        I agree that you can choose any of the three. I watched 5 of Finland’s games, 5 of Canada’s games and 3 Sweden games. If I had to rank them, it would be Rask, Price, Lundqvist.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Agree about Doughty
      He was all world in this tournament.
      Agree with Toews.
      The real leader of Team Canada

      Karlsson?
      He is far from a complete Dman.
      Some argue that his puck control does not require a traditional D zone responsibility, yet that is far from true.
      It may work against inferior NHL teams during the season…yet His Minus -4 playoff stats, his decrease in point production in NHL playoffs, and his incredible number of giveaways either forced or unforced, are still off the charts.

      As for Price, he was outstanding when he had to be.
      Any goaltender will tell you the toughest games are when there are few shots, yet when they come, are tough.

      Rask?
      What about the 4 goals against vs. Austria?

      Are you saying the 2 goals Rask let in against Canada were great goals?
      No they were not.
      They were a clear sign of a goalie that lost his concentration for a fraction of a second – usually the difference between winning and losing (see Varlamov when he was with Washington in the playoffs)

      • Chris says:

        I just felt Rask was outstanding…I watched 5 Finland games and he was great in all but the Austria game. Not good…great. Was the Doughty OT goal a good one? Probably not. But those always seem to be the winners in OT games. It is pretty rare you see a nice pretty goal in pressure-packed games. Price looked like he was in the zone, but we never really got to see it because he didn’t get tested much. I can understand people wanting to put Price there…you could put Price, Lundqvist or Rask in the top spot and not really get much argument.

        As for Karlsson, the thing that gets left out in pointing out his defensive deficiencies is that he was called upon to be the offensive engine for his team. Sweden’s offence was absolutely gutted by the losses of Franzen, Zetterberg, and H. Sedin. Throw Backstrom onto that heap and they had no hope today. Karlsson and Daniel Sedin were the only elite offensive talents the Swedes had left today. Unlike Canada, they simply don’t have the depth to replace their top 4 of their top-6 forwards. It was too much to ask.

        Citing Karlsson’s playoff performance from last year is a bit bogus…he was still recovering from his severed Achilles tendon, and was nowhere near 100%. It took Teemu Selanne over a year to get back to full speed from his Achilles injury. Kyle Chipchura never really recovered. Karlsson probably shouldn’t have even been out there, and he still managed an even rating and 8 points in 10 games.

        Subban is -1 and -2 in the last two Habs playoff years. Weber was -3 in his first playoff performance. Playing for weaker teams leaves guys more likely to end up with – ratings.

        Karlsson obviously gets overmatched in the defensive zone. He was swimming today against Canada’s forwards, but they have done that to every defenceman they’ve encountered. They were big, strong and fast.

        • Maritime Ronn says:

          Chris

          Your observations are exactly the points.
          Whether a goalie is good (or lucky), this is a short tourney where ultimate concentration is required.
          Price was the best when it counted.

          It would have been great to see a game with Sedin-Zetterberg-Backstrom…..and Stamkos-Tavares.

          Somehow, I believe the result would have been the same.
          The Swede 6 man D unit would have ultimately been exposed as it was.
          Perhaps a closer score, yet a similar result.

          • Chris says:

            No question, Sweden’s defence was weak.

            The losses of Sedin-Zetterberg-Backstrom-Franzen to Sweden are orders of magnitude more devastating that the loss of Stamkos-Tavares to Canada.

            1) Canada, a country with 4 times Sweden’s population and 9 times as many NHL players, simply has far more depth to withstand the loss of elite players like Stamkos and Tavares. Stamkos was replaced with Martin St. Louis, last year’s Art Ross Trophy winner. Tavares was replaced with Matt Duchene, currently tied for 22nd in the NHL. Sweden played Jimmie Ericsson, currently tied for 34th in the Swedish Elite League, as their top centre. That is a massive difference.

            2) The loss of Stamkos and Tavares was brutal, as they represent two of the top 10 players in the world. But Sweden lost all its centres…they couldn’t win a faceoff. In a puck possession game, faceoffs matter. Sweden ended up with a respectable 29-31 faceoff rate, but the presence of Zetterberg, Backstrom and Sedin (all of whom win 50% or better of their NHL draws) could have really helped Sweden.

            We disagree on Price vs. Rask, but I’m okay with that. Either guy is a fine pick. I just think Rask was the better goalie in this tournament. Price wasn’t lucky…he really was full value in the last two games. I just can’t give him the nod because I never really felt like either game was in doubt, regardless of who was in net. Mike Smith could have been the goalie for Canada and the result would have been the same…Canada was simply flawless defensively.

      • JF says:

        Agree about Rask. He was mostly superb but was not great on either of the two Canadian goals. I thought Price was the best. He made some key saves early in the game against the States, and he was very alert on that shot that got behind him early in today’s game. He also had to be alert in the game against Latvia. It must be tough to stay focused when the play is mostly at the other end and your counterpart is turning away a barrage of shots.

        • Chris says:

          I’ve never entirely bought the “tough to stay focused when the play is mostly in the other end”. I played goaltender in soccer for many years…I was quite happy if the play stayed down in the other end, and I never had any trouble staying focused on the game. That means your team hasn’t screwed up.

          End of the day, every shot in hockey can result in a goal. The more shots you face, the more chances of a bad bounce, a rebound, a deflection or just a gaffe. Price faced 20 shots per game, Lundqvist just over 26 and Rask faced 28 shots per game. Most goalies want a little work to stay warm, but given the choice of no work vs. a good scoring chance, every goalie will remain content with no work. :)

    • monmick is Canadian says:

      I was one of those who thought Jeff Carter didn’t belong of TC. However, I thought he played well, especially in the last two games. Not well enough to deserve a mention in the above list, but I was surprised nonetheless and admit I was wrong in my initial assessment…

      ~~~> Mathematically eliminated…

      • Chris says:

        Carter was very solid. I don’t think most Habs fans really appreciated how fast he is, nor how defensively responsible he’s become in Los Angeles. He’s a very strong two-way forward now.

  4. The Cat says:

    I know there were some tight scores but Team Canada was so dominant this whole tournament, it almost wasn’t fair for the other countries.

    [Disclaimer]: I’m a hockey fan. I care about the habs, but probably not as much as you.

  5. habs001 says:

    A very solid performance by Price..looked in control and confident the last 2 games..May face more pressure next week in one period than the last 2 games…Lesson for Hab management while nice to have scoring forwards you can do a lot with solid D..thank God Diaz gone..next Cube,Murray and Gorges…

  6. gordispitz says:

    THANK YOU,, STEVIE Y ET ALL,,, job well done… what a clinic !!
    mr yzerman, your honour,,, please come back for the hat trick

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      It doesn’t look like that may happen

      @Real_ESPNLeBrun: Yzerman was serious. He’s stepping down as Canada’s Olympic executive director. Says it’s time to let someone else get a shot at it.

  7. Maritime Ronn says:

    As a Habs fan, Carey is going to receive some well deserved accolades for his absolutely BRILLIANT play, yet let’s not forget another Habs guy.

    Dear P.K.

    Congratulations on winning an Olympic Gold Medal.
    Wear the Medal with great pride, and hold your head high!
    You earned it.

    Perhaps we will never know how much you really contributed to Team Canada…an example being, were you The Guy – that friendly face and great teammate, that kept Carey loose and focussed in what must have been an incredible pressure cooker?

    That being said, you must be thrilled having been chosen to represent Canada…again, after winning 2 Gold Medals in 2008 and 2009 at the World Juniors.

    What an honor it must be, to be chosen and considered 1 of the best Canadian hockey players in the world – and being only 1 of 2 Norris Trophy winners on Team Canada…actually the youngest winner, as Duncan Keith won his at almost 26 years old and you won it at 24 years old.

    So P.K – you have accomplished so much already in your very young life of 24 years and 9 months….yet for some reason, there is a great belief that the BEST is yet to come!
    Perhaps others share the same sentiment.

    You were fortunate and had a great opportunity to soak in how the best players, play, prepare, lead and have the desire, heart, and will to win.
    There is great confidence that both you and Carey will bring those experiences home.

    I don’t know about other Habs fans, yet I anxiously await the day when you P.K., Carey, Max, and the 2 Gallys take over the leadership of this Habs team.

    One can believe it would be easy for others to follow your infectious desire to win combined with incredible work ethic.
    Make it so.

  8. Sportfan says:

    SO who won what honors wise for the tournament?

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  9. SPATS says:

    Props to Gainey for seeing the thoroughbred
    Props to the Ghost for keeping him
    Props to MB for locking down Waite
    We are but a few pieces away from being serious elite contenders for the next 10-15 years.

    Keep Calm & Carey On

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH

    • smiler2729 says:

      But The Ghost was an idiot for dealing away Halak for nothing but Eller.
      Halak, coming off the hottest playoff by a goalie in a while, should’ve commanded a little more (Perron? Backes?)

      No, The Ghost was as stupid as The A$$-Houle who traded Roy for nothing but scraps when no less than Forsberg or Sakic would do.

      Here’s hoping Bergy is a more than competent GM for a long time…

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      • dr. schmutzdeker says:

        Woulda said it a bit differently… But I (totally) agree.

      • Mark C says:

        This is a joke right? Were never going to get those guys for Halak.

        • dr. schmutzdeker says:

          Not now, but go back to 2012 and considering the Blue’s plight @ the time re goaltending, the enormity of Halak’s performance vs the caps (never mind the pens)…that being facing the second most shots per playoff game in a series (2nd to Dryden in/71) in Hab history and winning…I’d say he’s probably not joking.

        • dr. schmutzdeker says:

          Not now, but go back to 2010 and considering the Blue’s plight @ the time re goaltending, the enormity of Halak’s performance vs the caps (never mind the pens)…that being facing the second most shots per playoff game in a series (2nd to Dryden in/71) in Hab history and winning…I’d say he’s probably not joking.

  10. Sportfan says:

    I didn’t realize Saku was part of the IOC

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    • Chris says:

      He’s a member of the athletes committee, having been voted in with Beckie Scott many years ago. His term expires this year. Hayley Wickenheiser and Norwegian biathlon legend Ole Einar Bjorndahlen were voted in this year as their replacements.

  11. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Good stuff, good stuff! Gold! Good stuff!

  12. Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

    Not one Maple Leaf on golden Team Canada. But what does it matter when you’ve got Phil Kessel?

    http://fansided.com/2014/02/23/phil-kessel-named-top-forward-2014-sochi-winter-olympics/

    • homerbowen says:

      Big deal…………/..No Gold and no Stanley Cup, the little weasel will score goals if he’s left alone on the ice. Just like his cheerleader Cherry who also won nothing (oh sorry coach of the year way back when).

  13. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    The tournament showed a style of Canadian hockey as far from the barnburner, freewheeling style of the past as could be. That was brilliant and disciplined defence from the get go – relentless defence pushing forward.
    Price was wonderful, and we see what he could be with better D-men in front of him. Maybe that will come – Markov is ageing but Subban is becoming more disciplined with experience, and will be a great one if he stays the course. Right now, that’s two. The supporting cast has to improve.
    Frankly, you get hurt in Sochi or you get hurt in Phoenix – that’s not an argument against NHL participatuion in the Olympics. But you get bored in a lot of towns watching the NHL/AHL level of play, and the Olympics really showed the NHL regular season up. Even the playoffs, with the thuggery, look bad against hard hitting competitive, passionate hockey. We’ve been spoiled.

  14. Strummer says:

    Canada’s top 6 defencemen were so dominant and yet there is only 1 NORRIS trophy among them.

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  15. CJ says:

    Not to nitpick, but the fact that Erik Karlsson was chosen as the best defencemen in this tournament is the exact reason why player awards hold no weight IMO.

    Again, I’m splitting hairs, but Doughty was the best defencemen. You need to be able to play in all three zones, especially as a defencemen, something Karlsson proved he can not do.

    • Strummer says:

      The awards were probably decided before the semi-finals in which case Karlsson’s seems more logical.

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      • CJ says:

        Maybe that’s the case.

        I honestly don’t know. Seems weird to select the best defenceman before the two biggest game in the tournament, but stranger things have happened.

        Not that I require validation, but the game today played out exactly as I thought it would. I said 3-1 Canada, with a chance for a runaway if the Swedes opened up. Following the first shift of the third when Karlsson pinched, was trapped and gave up a three on one, the Swedes were defeated. If they tried to take chances Canada would add more goals. If they didn’t, they would lose by the same 2-0 score. That shift solidified the outcome. The game against the US was the gold medal game. Today was merely a formality.

  16. DoopsyDiddler says:

    Hey Mr Putin

    Great Olympics. While you weren’t looking you lost the Ukraine.

    • SPATS says:

      Agree on the great Olympics, not sure the gold medal has been decided in that other game yet. Putin will be severally annoyed that his enemies struck while his back was turned but I digress…

      Keep Calm and Carey On!!!

      Thank you Stephane Waite!!!

      OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH

    • UKRAINIANhab says:

      I call that a win win. For the world…

  17. CH Marshall says:

    I still love this olympic sized ice. I almost feel like it magnifies the game in a lot of ways. Bigger risks, mistakes are highlighted, holding on to the puck a bit longer etc.

  18. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    What was Price’s final GAA…a negative number? LOL

  19. jols says:

    Apparently Babcock and the boys are with the rest of the athletes in the closing ceremony. They just showed them walk in, I didn’t see any of them.

  20. Danno says:

    EDIT – Jonathon Toews is there

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  21. HabsCentralO says:

    Fantastic for Price, hopefully this scilences the critics. Calm, cool collected, the ultimate goalie demeanour.
    I feel bad for PK, got shafted, but still happy in the end.
    Now if the Habs can get some better play defensively & some additional goal support, we can make some noise in the stretch run & playoffs! Glad Galchenuk is back too!

    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      Like I said earlier, at least the crap about PK being egotistic and a bad teammate should diminish after this. As for not playing, there was not much PK could do. I think he also was aware of this right from the summer camp. Pietrangelo got the benefit of playing with his regular partner. I also suspect Babcock did not want to put someone of PK’s caliber on the bench during a game where he would only play a couple of minutes (even though I still think it was wrong; injury insurance).

  22. habnonymous1 says:

    Great symphony/youth choir performance of the Russian national anthem. Per CBC “stirring” – indeed.

  23. adamkennelly says:

    dominating performance by Team Canada. They definitely got better every game – and showed what a combination of size and skill does for you. completely outclassed US and Sweden in the big games.

    now back to NHL hockey finally.

    Habs should still trade Markov.

  24. Steven says:

    I’m confused… How does Price win best goaltender of the tournament but not end up on the tourny’s All-Star team?

    At any rate, it doesn’t matter. Real gutsy performance by our guys to win the gold. Waking up early was completely worth it.

    • New says:

      One is voted on by the IOC Directorate the other by the media people. Two groups who didn’t play but talked about what was happening, had happened, or might have happened. Their other big issue was likely what the horseshoes on Yzerman’s tie meant.

    • DoopsyDiddler says:

      Who knows, maybe Rask was the best goalie of the tournament. or that Latvian chap. Doesn’t really matter.

      • D Mex-iCanadian says:

        Agreed – the individual recognition seems like more of a consolation prize under these circumstances.
        Contemplate if Price, or any CDN player, had won individual recognition in a less-than-golden effort …

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  25. Prop Is Canadian says:

    Love it, the closing ceremonies mocking the failure of the opening of the ring during the opening ceremonies.

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  26. Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

    Does anyone have Price’s up-to-date stats for international play? I know that he’s yet to lose a game…

  27. Sportfan says:

    Carey was tourny MVP right?

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  28. Habilis Canadianis says:

    Yes, he was playing behind probably the best defense ever. But Carey Price did not let in a single goal in the two biggest games of his life. A total of 55 shots from the Yanks and Swedes, zero red lights.

    Best goalie on the planet? Tough to say no right now.

    Get this man to the playoffs.

  29. Plekasuares says:

    Idk I’m glad the games are over. Entertainment wise it was a huge letdown. But Canada won so that’s Great! Go Habs go.

  30. 1010 says:

    Damn. I keep pretending to myself that I don`t care what happens with these overpaid athletes. Then, in the dying moments, I get that lump in my throat and my eyes well up. And then they play the anthem and…….damn.

    GO CANADA GO….

  31. jols says:

    Are the boys already in the air or are they taking part in the closing ceremony?

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  33. Phil C says:

    I’m surprised neither the Swedes nor the Americans copied the Latvian game plan and hit anything that moved. It was the only strategy that disrupted Canada’s speed and opened up some ice. Sometimes I think the NHL players weren’t willing to play that type of game.

    Anyway, dominant performance and I’m very happy for Price. He shouldn’t even be that tired.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      Phil
      in that Latvia game, Canada had what…57 shots and about 25 scoring chances?
      That had nothing to do with strategy or Ted Nolan but everything to do with that goaltender.

      • Phil C says:

        Of course Canada dominated Latvia with NHL players, they were supposed to crush the Latvians. The fact that they made it a game was more than the goaltending. The fact that the Canadians needed a few good saves from Price in the third was also telling that the Latvians were doing some things right, it was not all luck and goaltending.

  34. HabinBurlington is Canadian says:

    Oh Canada!

    As good a team as Canada has iced. All decisions looked right in hindsight, despite how it left a sour taste in us Habs fans mouths.

    Price played great behind a great team. Kudos to Team Canada.

    Feel sorry for those Canadians who couldn’t cheer for Canada, not sure how that happens but we saw the comments…..

    Enjoy the Golden Day everyone!

    Woohoo!

    • frontenac1 says:

      I hear ya amigo. Canadians not cheering for Canada. I will never,ever understand that. Getting ready for the Final round of Match Play from Arizona. Saludos!

  35. New says:

    The Swedes played a great game on bad ice. They were full value. Speed, skill, and determined team play. What a hockey factory that country is.

    Congrats to Canada which fully deserved the gold. In a few months people will look back and marvel at this team. In a decade or so it will be ranked as one of the greatest ever assembled.

  36. The Jackal says:

    Other than MVP, the individual awards are given as consolation prizes.
    Canadian players are all deserving over these rather than players from other teams, but Canada sweeping all the categories would look a bit ridiculous.
    Best forward? Pick one of Getzlaf, Perry, Benn line
    Best D? Doughty.
    Best goalie? Price.

    No contest.

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    • DDO_Habs_Fan says:

      I’m surprised Price did not get MVP as the story of the tournament was Canada’s D. When you get 2 shutouts in the semi-final and final games, you should get MVP.

  37. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Forget the individual awards. The only thing that counts is the gold. Those moron reporters can kiss our maple-leaf a@!$#@.

  38. JF says:

    I have to think a Final against Finland would have been tougher.

  39. Loonie says:

    Erik Karlsson winning best defenseman of the tournament is an absolute joke.

    Drew Doughty was easily the best player in the entire tournament, forwards and goaltenders included.

    Doughty got the award that counts, but Karlsson just received a recognition that wasn’t even close to deserved.

  40. Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

    It didn’t take long for the ‘bleed blue and white’ mouth-breathing callers on Toronto radio to start up with their “my grandmother could have won gold with that defense” slagging of Price.

  41. piter says:

    Just heard, Lundquist was chosen as the all star goalie in the tournament. Chosen by reporters…I dunno..

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      It would be interesting to see the list and who they voted for

      • Chuck is a Canuck, and he is also going to go for the gold medal in the event of "longest nickname ever posted on Hockey Inside-Out, just to see how long of a nickname you can input before the hamsters explode" says:

        When did they vote, after game 1? :)

      • Just a Habs Fan says:

        Ronn here is a copy of CBS article which shows Carey winning the best goaltender award

        Price, Karlsson, Kessel named Olympics’ best

        Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 10:10 AM / 2014 Olympics

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        Canada goaltender Carey Price, who posted back-to-back shutouts in the semifinals and gold-medal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was named the best goaltender at the tournament as voted by the International Ice Hockey Federation directorate.

        Price finished the Olympics with a shutout streak of 164 minutes, 19 seconds. The last goal he allowed was to Latvia’s Lauris Darzins with 4:19 remaining in the first period of the quarterfinals. He made 31 saves in a 1-0 blanking of the United States in the semifinal and 24 saves against Sweden in a 3-0 win in the gold-medal game Sunday.

        The Montreal Canadiens goaltender finished the tournament with a 5-0 record, a 0.59 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. He allowed three goals on 106 shots.

        The IIHF named Sweden’s Erik Karlsson the tournament’s best defenseman. He led all players at his position and tied for the tournament lead with eight points, and his four goals tied for the lead among defensemen. The Ottawa Senators defenseman also led Sweden in goals, assists (four) and plus/minus rating (plus-5).

        United States forward Phil Kessel, who tied Karlsson with eight points, was named the tournament’s best forward by the IIHF. Kessel’s five goals tied Austria’s Michael Grabner for the Olympic lead.

        In voting conducted by media covering the Olympics, Finland forward Teemu Selanne was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The 43-year-old led his team with four goals, including a pair against the U.S. in Finland’s 5-0 win in the bronze-medal game. Selanne became the oldest player in Olympic hockey history to score a goal and the oldest to win an Olympic hockey medal.

        Selanne also was named to the All-Tournament team as selected by the media. He was joined by Kessel and Selanne’s Olympic teammate Mikael Granlund; defensemen Karlsson and Drew Doughty of Canada; and Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

        Granlund had a team-best seven points in six games for Finland and was tied for third in the tournament in scoring. Doughty led Canada and tied for the lead among tournament defensemen with four goals; his six points tied for the team lead. Lundqvist played every minute in goal for Sweden and allowed nine goals on 159 shots. He finished with a 1.50 GAA, .943 save percentage and two shutouts. Lundqvist was the only goaltender to play 100 percent of his team’s minutes at the Olympics.

    • Maritime Ronn says:

      ….and people remember Gold Medal winners, not all stars on losing teams.

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      According to CBS Sports.com Carey Price won the best goaltending award

    • Just a Habs Fan says:

      Here’s the article from CBS

      In his sixth and final Olympic Games, Teemu Selanne is leaving with more than a bronze medal. The Finnish Flash was named the Olympic tournament MVP as selected by the media.

      The other individual awards went to Carey Price (Canada) for the best goaltender, Erik Karlsson (Sweden) for the best defenseman and Phil Kessel (USA) for best forward. Those four players were joined by Drew Doughty (Canada) and Mikael Granlund (Finland) on the all-tournament team.

      Perhaps Selanne wasn’t the best player in this tournament but he was close to it. The 43-year-old showed he still had some game left in his stick, scoring four goals in the tournament including two against the USA in the bronze-medal game. He became the oldest player in Olympic history to score a goal.

      Not to mention, he was the heart and soul for a Finnish team that surprised many by getting on the podium once again, something that has almost become a tradition for Finland. It’s partially a life-achievement award for Selanne but it’s nowhere near a token nod, Selanne played the best hockey he has played in a few years in Sochi.

      Topics: Carey Price, Erik Karlsson, Phil Kessel, Teemu Selanne, NHL, OLYHK, SOLY

    • piter says:

      I understand Price was the best goalie in tournament as chosen. I’m saying that Lundquist was chosen as the all-star goalie, as chosen by reporters in Sochi.

  42. The Jackal says:

    Hey guys… where’s The Dude at anyway? Couldn’t handle seeing Price win big?

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  43. HardHabits says:

    Repost:

    Finland, Russia, USA, Sweden, Czech Republic… all very good hockey teams but Canada is the undisputed dominant team on that list. I would have liked to see Sweden with a few more of their injured stars to have made the game more interesting and competitive but that also speaks volumes about Canada’s depth. Subban not dressed. Stamkos could not make it. Tavares injured. Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall not even selected.

    The whole tournament was a defensive masterpiece. 3 goals allowed in 6 games. Add to that a relentless fore-check, a north-south game that was always pointing and heading north, short shifts, players flying onto the ice and into the action. A superb strategy that was executed to perfection. Not an easy task considering the Olympic ice surface dimensions. The speed with which the Canadian team played and their positional play was a force that was both disrupting to any opponent’s attempt to attack or create any flow and was instrumental in creating the countless opportunities for turnovers and takeaways.

    Speaking of which, the amount of turnovers the Canadians forced at the blue line and the amount of takeaways in the neutral and defensive zone in this gold medal game were further examples of how much better the Canadian team was than Sweden. As the game wore on so the Canadians wore down the Swedish team.

    As a Habs fan to see Price shine on this stage is especially gratifying.

  44. Maritime Ronn says:

    Carey’s performance just made GM Bergevin’s job a little easier.
    The Habs will not be sellers at trade deadline and Markov isn’t going anywhere.

  45. 24 Cups says:

    Add in two Stanley Cups and you have quite a career for a guy who is still just 25 years old.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Toews

    (Check medal record on right side of the page)

  46. NightRyder says:

    Olympic tourney couldn’t have gone better. Price showed he’s a big-game stud when not playing behind the likes of Bouillon and Murray; and Subban’s asking price had to take a hit since he’s apparently not even as good as Dan Hamhuis!

    • Adidess says:

      Haha. I’m sure PK will find motivation in what happened. He has struck me as somebody who is naturally, easily motivated.

      But let’s be frank here, this was about the coaching staff’s level of comfort with PK and his style of play.

      I am not sure PK is thinking ‘now I need to get myself to the level of guys like Hamhuis, Vlasic, Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester’. Excellent defencemen, yes, but none of these guys is a better overall D-men than PK Subban. And PK as well as most people know this.

  47. habsfan0 says:

    Quebec Premier Pauline Marois was watching Gold Medal game at home,wearing a Canadian flag around her shoulders.
    At the end of the game,she was jumping up and down,barely able to conceal her joy.

  48. mrhabby says:

    A buy in by the players to overall team defense. so many questions going in and i bet no one thought Canada would win with such a defensive , puck possession game.

    Price was never lost while wearing a Team Canada jersey going back to World JRs.

    Kudo’s to Hockey Canada for assembling a great team.

  49. JF says:

    Price’s save percentage for the Olympics is .972, his GAA a mind-boggling .59. He sometimes faces more scoring chances in twenty minutes than he faced the entire tournament

    Strange that the game Canada had the hardest time winning was the game against Latvia. Today’s game was almost the easiest.

  50. crane says:

    Find Price two good forwards,and see us in the Stanley cup finals

  51. smiler2729 says:

    Of course this is sweet but even better was the golden goaltending by Price who we all knew had it in him, right?

    GOALTENDER OF THE TOURNAMENT!

    And I know a lot of Leaf fans that can suck it now, I don’t want to hear any of your crap ever again.

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  52. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Congratulations Team Canada and Carey Price. Game was dull and anticlimactic though. Anyone still think Olympic hockey and the big ice is so great? Let’s get back to real hockey and the job of adding Lord Stanley’s big mug to Carey’s resume!
    I’m betting that P.K. will be fired up to show Babcock and company that he deserved more ice time. Go Habs!

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  53. Coach K says:

    Way to get it done men…and ladies too of course!! And to add to that, my favourite whipping boy Jeff Carter was defensively sound today when needed. Well played sir.

    When everyone realizes its all about team and embraces their role (including those who didn’t get to play much, or at all) its amazing what can be accomplished. We know that P.K. for example, will be rested and better for the experience. And for those who say bah, what has Carey Price ever won? Well let’s just say that those who ask that question again should remove their collective heads from their nether regions before speaking. Just sayin…

    Q: Does another gold medal mean 2018 will be a possibility now for the NHL and the NHLPA?? I’d like to think so.

    To the Canadian Olympic Committee and all of our magnificent athletes…Outstanding job. The nation could not be more proud!!!

    —When Hell freezes over, I’ll play hockey there too—

  54. Adidess says:

    Price has been stellar, I’m so happy for him.

    Two thoughts will hit him on Wednesday or whenever he plays his 1st game back in net for the Canadiens.

    1. ‘Why are some of the D men in front of me so lousy?’

    2. ‘Why is this big plugger guy allowed to park in my crease for so long, stick his butt in my face, and bump me into the net’.

    He would have seen nothing like that for two full weeks. Watching the tourney, I was reminded how different (much easier really) it is to play goaltender at the Olympics than it is to play in the NHL.

    You have a bunch of skilled players shooting at you in the Olympics for sure, but you get to see the action develop in front of you and have nobody impeding your movement for the most part.

  55. Danno says:

    PK is going to show Babcock what he’s made of on Wednesday.

    Book it!

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  56. Sportfan says:

    Lol so many comments about how great Prices hair was, its a Habs thing we’ve had Richard, Lafleur, Robinson, Kovalev anyone else come to mind?

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  57. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    It’s just a shame that Mike Babcock knows nothing and is a terrible coach, as per many posters on here.

    I would suggest, for future reference, that you look back at this the next time you criticise a coach (MT, for instance) and ask yourself if you really know what you’re talking about.

    Just a suggestion.

    ;)

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  58. GL says:

    What a difference when you get to watch the real skilled hockey now we have to go back to watching two Dummies fighting and the Goon hockey to see how many players they can concuss or maim…. SAD

  59. Sportfan says:

    SO does Carey rest a bit and Budaj plays first game or no?

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  60. Mattyleg Won't Change His Handle For The Olympics says:

    CA-NA-DA!!!

    Congrats to all our boys.
    Very proud to be Canadian today!

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  61. Cal says:

    Here’s one for all the big fans of the goalie of the Habs. All of Canada Applauds Carey Price!

  62. Sportfan says:

    Anyone else see that ridiculous hockey song by the Russians?

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  63. BJ says:

    Great win. Maybe the best ever team Canada assembled, certainly close to the team Canada 72 & 76. The last two games were as close to perfection as possible.

  64. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Best part was seeing St. Louis get a gold medal.

    On a side note, there was one good thing about PK not playing. Hopefully it will put to rest the crap about him being a bad teammate or bad in the room.

  65. ont fan says:

    Looks like MSL Hamhuis and PK were good soldiers thru out. Knew their roles and accepted it. Good for them.

  66. GL says:

    For all the HIO Price Bashers Eat your Hearts out. I said it before and I’m gonna say it again. Put a real team on the ice for price in Montreal and he’ll win you a Stanley Cup. Now onto Team Canada.

    Best Coach/Assistants, Best Management, Last but not least. The best Hockey players in the World They are now GOLDEN Men and just think we never had Stamkos …

    Hockey Canada Both – Golden Women & Golden Men and Lets not forget our Mens and Womens Curling Teams in fact to All our medal winners and to the rest of our athletes whom weren’t as successful after trying so hard but there will be another time for some …Thank you all …. GO CANADA GO we appreciate what you had accomplished.

  67. Ron says:

    How in bloddy double hockey sticks was Lundqvist named goalie of the tourny all star team ? Wow

  68. canuckbot says:

    Great to see that big Carey Price smile again. He was locked into Mr. Serious mode. Our Golden Goalie has shown the world what he can do. Bring it back home buddy!

  69. homerbowen says:

    Well hopefully my 500 e-mail complaints to CBC about their on air staff constantly making referrals to the “Lafs” and “Kessel this and Kessal that” worked…not one freekin word.
    Now back to the “goon” show the Laff media love and “Kessel this and Kessel that”, however, I will be there to remind them they (Laffs & Kessel) are losers.
    If anyone senses a massive dislike (hate is such a strong word) of the Laffs you’re right.
    By the way….Congrats CANADA

  70. CHicoHab says:

    If Seth Jones can marry a Canadian girl then who knows.

  71. CHicoHab says:

    I stated at the beginning of these Olympics it only mattered that Canada wins. It didn’t matter if Price or PK played. But I also said if they did play and contribute to our winning it all would be bonus. In Prices case it was a pleasure seeing him come out on top as Canada’s number one goaltender. As for PK I think enough has been said. If he doesn’t understand why he sat out then that’s for him to figure out. We all know why now. Too many aces were in this deck. Nothing to be ashamed or upset about. The Norris winner past will still be our bonafide star player in the Habs.

  72. jols says:

    Price was so calm is that interview; like he just left an aroma message studio not a gold medal winning game. Classic.

  73. Sportfan says:

    St Louis rocked what almost looked like a Maurice Richard hair style

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  74. Lopaz is Canadian says:

    Clearly Price is at the top of his position. He is ready to win a Cup.

    Now Bergevin has to make key additions to move this team forward.


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