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2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

WINTER OLYMPICS

Swedes wilt in Olympic hockey final loss

The Tre Kronor's hopes of signing off the Olympic Games with a gold medal were left in tatters as a rampant Canada ran out 3-0 winners to retain their title.

Swedes wilt in Olympic hockey final loss
Swedish hockey fans watch on in despair at a sports bar in Stockholm as Canada win the Olympic gold medal. Erik Mårtensson / TT

Both sides went into the contest with 100 percent records but it was the holders who looked the more likely. Sweden, who were missing a number of key players, threatened briefly in the first period but trailed 1-0 when Jonathan Toews opened the scoring for the favourites. 

Canada pressed home their advantage in the second period when captain Sidney Crosby made it 2-0. Any hopes of a Swedish comeback were killed in the third period when Chris Kunitz scored a spectacular third to ensure the Olympic hockey gold medal returns to Canada for another four years.

Canada's goals came from Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Chris Kunitz, with the team's goaltender Carey Price
posting the shutout for Canada who became the first country to win back-to-back Winter Olympic Games titles since the Soviet Union in 1988.
   
It was the second-straight gold medal game where Canadian captain Crosby rose to the occasion.
   
Crosby scored on a backhand deke to give Canada a 2-0 lead with 4:17 left in the second period after stripping the puck off Sweden's Jonathan Ericsson at the Canadian blueline.
   
He raced in alone on net and gave Swedish netminder Henrik Lundqvist a shoulder fake one way, then deked the other way and scored.
 
Lundqvist admitted that Canada had been the better side.
   
"They were just better. I felt like they were a lot smarter with the puck. I felt like we gave them too many chances. We were leaving the puck in the wrong areas and they were quick to strike," he said.
   
"Especially in the second period, we had a really tough time to get going. Overall they were just better today."
   
Sunday's game, in front of a crowd of 11,076 at the Bolshoi Ice Palace, was a matchup of two undefeated teams and the last two Olympic winners as Canada was crowned champions four years ago and Sweden won gold in 2006.
 
Sweden's silver medal means they end the Olympic Games in 14th spot in the overall table with a total of 15 medals; Two golds, seven silvers and six bronzes.  

The Local/pr 

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WINTER OLYMPICS

USA curlers celebrate after beating Sweden in Olympic final, despite medal mishap

America's men's curlers produced a dramatic win over Sweden to win their first Olympic gold medal and delight a growing army of fans back home -- and then received the wrong medals.

USA curlers celebrate after beating Sweden in Olympic final, despite medal mishap
Matt Hamilton of the United States and Sweden's Oskar Eriksson during the men's curling final at Gangneung Curling Centre. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Skip John Shuster and his team wore puzzled looks as they realised they had been given women's medals instead of men's after their 10-7 victory on Saturday.

But Shuster brushed off the mix-up as the team celebrated their famous and unexpected victory, which was sealed by a rare five-pointer with two ends to go.

“It's no big deal,” beamed Shuster, who was competing at his fourth Olympics and was part of the USA team that took bronze in Turin in 2006.

“From the first time we stepped onto the ice to the last rock we threw I'll never stop thinking what these guys have done for me,” he added, smiling at his team-mates.

Sweden, whose skip Niklas Edin made a couple of crucial errors, reduced the gap to three points going into the last end but the Swedes finally conceded with one stone left.

Shuster delivered a hammer (last throw) blow that lifted the Americans five points clear 10-5.

“It feels almost unbelievable, but we came out here with great intensity and just had to believe we could do it, and make our shots,” said America's Matt 'Ham' Hamilton.

Carl XVI Gustaf, the Swedish monarch, was amongst the amongst the 3,000 crowd for the final in Gangneung, as was Ivanka Trump, daughter of US president Donald Trump.

The teams were led out for the curling climax by a kilted Korean playing 'Scotland The Brave' on bagpipes, in a nod to the sport's origins in medieval Scotland.

The Swedes were 2-0 up by the second end, but the US team levelled immediately, and went 3-2 up in the fourth end with their yellow stone deemed an infinitesimal amount closer to the tee than Sweden's red.

The irked Swedes make for dangerous foes and they wasted no time bouncing back, skip Edin throwing a perfect hammer to put the Scandinavians back in front at 4-3.

But to enthusiastic support from supporters in stars and stripes, Shuster had his men back in front at 5-4 after a mistake by his opposite number.

Shuster then pulled off his master throw to secure the US a stunning five-pointer to go 10-5 up and earn the US a famous success.

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