2014 Sochi Olympics: Canada Wins Men’s Hockey Gold (GIFs)

Team Canada hockey gold

At times it may not have been the prettiest, but when it was all said and done, Canada’s run to gold in Olympic men’s hockey turned out to be quite the masterpiece.

Sure the team may have struggled to score at times, managing just three goals in their opener against Norway and just two in a quarterfinal battle against Latvia.  But in the end, this victory was all about defense, as the Canadian men allowed just three goals against in six games while never trailing for a single second throughout the entire tournament.

It was a dominating performance for Canada, and that dominance may have never been more evident than during their gold medal victory over Sweden on Sunday, as they appeared to control every facet of the game for the entire 60 minutes, en route to the 3-0 win.

In case you missed it, here’s how they opened the scoring—with a Jonathan Toews deflection less than halfway through the opening period:

That was followed by this second period breakaway goal from Sidney Crosby, his first of the tournament (and the timing couldn’t have been any better):

And for the icing on the cake, we have Chris Kunitz going bar-down on Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the third:

With the score 3-0 for Canada, all that was left was the final buzzer…and then it was party time:

Well, there you go, Canada.  Another gold medal to prove that hockey is still your game.

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