Blackhawks' Olympic Effort: Day 10
On the last day of the Olympics, the very last event was the men’s hockey gold medal game, in which Sweden faced Canada. It meant that 6 of the 10 Blackhawks players that went on to the Sohi Olympics would get a medal, be it silver or gold. Patrick Kane just missed out on bronze yesterday, the USA losing out to Finland.
Three Blackhawks players were on each side of this gold medal game: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith for Canada, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger for Sweden. Niklas Backstrom, of the Washington Capitals, and a major player for Sweden during this tournament, would not play, as he was tested positive for banned substances after taking allergy medicines.
The game would start at a strong pace, and no team was dominating from the get-go. There would be nothing but stopped shots on both sides until 12 minutes into the game, when Jeff Carter fed a pass to Jonathan Toews which went past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, giving the Canadians a one goal lead.
The period would end with that score, and the 2nd would start with Canada dominating the play, even though throughout the period chances would be coming from both sides. Canada would be the ones to capitalize on their chances, with Sidney Crosby getting a breakaway goal 15 minutes in the 2nd period. It would be the score at the end of the 2nd, 2-0 for Canada, and Sweden looking a little rattled.
The 3rd period would start in the same way, with Canada dominating. Their puck possession and defensive play was superior to Sweden at this point, and it would show, when Chris Kunitz scored a 3rd goal for Canada, 9 minutes into the 3rd.
And that would be the game. Canada would retain gold at the Olympics while Sweden got silver and Finland won bronze in a fast-paced tournament that saw Canada only allow 3 goals on their way to their gold medal. Congratulations to Canada, Sweden and Finland!
The NHL regular season starts back again on Tuesday 25th.