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Price Helps Canada Win Gold With Second Straight Shutout

Price Helps Canada Win Gold With Second Straight Shutout
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First it was the USA; then it was Sweden. Canada’s men’s hockey team won gold in Sochi without allowing the puck to touch the net.

Team Canada swept Sweden 3-0 in the finals on Sunday to earn them their ninth Olympic gold medal. They shutout Team USA 1-0 in the semifinals on Friday.

Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nation, made 24 saves for the Canadians; overall he saved 102 of 105 shots in the Olympics for an almost perfect .971 save percentage, his second straight shutout at the games. Canada as a team allowed only three goals in six Olympic Games.

“I’m just ecstatic, I’m tired,” Price told reporters. “This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m honored to be a part of this.”

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored one goal each, to make up part of a team that’s the first to win back-to-back gold medals in Olympic men’s ice hockey in 22 years.

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"We're just an amazing team to watch, the way we work together," Toews told ESPN. "We were just all over them. It's fun to be a part of."

This victory also proves Canada’s dominance of the Swedes at the Olympics. Sweden won the gold medal back in 2006.

“It’s a big disappointment,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said to “I think Canada definitely deserved to win today, they were the better team.”

“We came into one of the most hostile environments for a Canadian, into Russia, and to win a gold medal in Russia is pretty special for Canadians,” forward Rick Nash told Bloomberg.

What a way to end the Olympic Games.