Crosby, Kunitz lead Canada to gold, 3-0
By Dejan Kovacevic
Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 9:51 a.m.
SOCHI, Russia — It wasn't quite the Golden Goal, but Sidney Crosby's breakaway goal cemented Canada's 3-0 victory over Sweden in the Olympic gold medal game Sunday at Bolshoy Ice Dome.
Crosby had no goals in the tournament until beating Henrik Lundqvist with a slick backhander at 15:43 of the second period. That gave Canada a 2-0 lead, and Sweden never came close to counterpunching afterward.
In Vancouver four years ago, Crosby scored in overtime to beat the United States.
“It feels amazing, obviously,” Crosby said. “We had to come here and make real adjustments, to the ice, to what other teams were doing. We had to work. I think our work ethic, our desperation, our defense and our goaltending made the difference. Everyone was committed as a group to getting this done. We stuck with it.”
Crosby said that, as he rushed up ice toward his goal, he recalled being stopped by the U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller with two minutes left in that gold-medal game in Vancouver. And when the Americans tied later, it forced an overtime.
“I didn't want that to happen again,” Crosby said. “I kept telling myself that, if you get a chance like that, you have to make the most of it.”
Chris Kunitz, Crosby's teammate in Pittsburgh, also scored his first goal of the tournament in sensational style with a wicked wrister under the crossbar at 9:04 of the third period.
“It's a great feeling. I can't even describe it,” Kunitz said. “We came here with a plan and a goal, but you really have to come together as a team to get it done. We put our trust in each other.”
And on finally scoring: “It felt really good, to contribute more than anything. I've been a little snake-bitten, but better late than never.”
Kunitz had been hit hard from behind by Sweden's Patrik Berglund in the second period, his nose bloodied. But he said afterward the nose was only “a little off the dasher” and not broken.
Canada goaltender Carey Price made 24 saves for his second consecutive shutout, including the 1-0 victory over the U.S. in the semifinal.
Jonathan Toews scored the first goal on the redirect of a sharp feed from Jeff Carter at 12:55 of the first.
It was Canada's third gold since the NHL began sending players to the Olympics, alongside the 2002 team that featured Mario Lemieux and 2010.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Analysis: Steelers could fill needs with free agents while not spending big bucks
- Judge denies former city police Chief Nate Harper’s appeal
- Doctor says Kilimanjaro trek was an inspirational high
- Steelers to release LaMarr Woodley; Taylor restructures contract
- Jeannette dirt bike rider collides with car
- Crosby lifts Penguins over Capitals in last game of road trip
- State Supreme Court will hear appeal in case of 11-year-old murderer
- Police charge Westmoreland County priest in $124,000 theft case
- Most missing documents that resulted in Point Park security alert are located
- Toy trends to look for range from way too cute to oh, so gross
- Orchid Society of Western Pennsylvania show at Phipps Garden Center brings taste of spring