-Carey Price made 24 saves for Canada in a 3-0 shutout of Sweden in the gold medal game. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored goals for Canada.
-Several great looks at Crosby's goal against Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist:
-And the celebration:
-Focused times for Crosby:
-Crosby played this puck from his backside in front of Sweden's Marcus Johansson:
-A good look at Kunitz scoring:
-Painful times for Kunitz:
-Crosby and Lundqvist had a moment:
-The handshake line:
-Sidney Crosby. Gold medalist:
-Crosby and Kunitz posed with their medals along with linemate Patrice Bergeron:
-Injured Canada forward John Tavares limped out to accept his gold medal:
-Three Blackhawks - Duncan Keith (left), Patrick Sharp (center) and Jonthan Toews - celebrate:
-Down times for Sweden:
-Lundqvist didn't seem too impressed with silver:
-Patriotic times for Canada:
-Price snagged this puck:
-And got a piece of this one:
-Canada's goaltenders - Mike Smith (left), Price and Luongo looked golden:
-Pumped times for Toews:
-Happy times in Canada's crease:
-Happy times on Canada's bench:
-A good look at the lid of Lundqvist:
-Sweden's Niklas Kronwall had good follow-through on this shot:
-Canada's Rick Nash (left), P.K. Subban (center) and Jeff Carter seemed impressed by the ladies presenting the medals:
-Canada forward Martin St. Louis rode someone's shoulders during the closing ceremony:
-Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom was banned by the IOC from playing in the game after he failed a doping test. Backstrom tested positive for a substance found in an allergy medication he has been taking for seven years. Backstrom was tested Wednesday but was not told of the result until two hours before yesterday's game.
-“Our opinion is the IOC has destroyed one of the greatest hockey days in Sweden.” - Swedish Ice Hockey Association official Tommy Boustedt.
-Backstrom's eligibility in the NHL is not at jeopardy.
-“He’s a big-game player. He’s the best player in the world.” - Canada forward Matt Duchene on Crosby.
-“I haven't scored on him that much, to be honest with you. So it was nice to finally score on him." - Crosby on scoring a goal against Lundqvist.
-"They had a good game plan against us, and they stuck to it. We couldn't really break through a brick wall." - Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson on Canada's defense.
-“Does anybody know who won the scoring race?. Does anybody care? Does anybody know who won the gold medal?" - Canada coach Mike Babcock shooting down concerns about his team's lack of scoring.
-"It's my opinion that this is great for hockey. We're trying to grow our sport. The Olympics is the biggest stage worldwide, for any sport. I'm hopeful that the NHL stays. I recognize there are a lot of issues, but I think this is tremendous for our game, and I believe it's tremendous for the National Hockey League." - Canada general manager Steve Yzerman on the NHL participating in the Olympics.
-Yzerman will not return as general manager for the 2018 Olympics.
-The Penguins recalled Brian Gibbons and Simon Despres from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-"You don't really have to worry about [Crosby or Kunitz]. They're two great players who are going to do their thing. Just worry about yourself and not focus on trying to force them the puck or keep them happy. You just gotta play your game and do whatever it is that got you put in that situation. For me, it's my speed, get to loose pucks, be good on the forecheck, things like that. - Brian Gibbons on playing on the Penguins' top line.
-Welcome back the great Joe Vitale... to practice.
-James Neal speaks:
-Kieren Millan made 23 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 7-0 shutout of the Elmira Jackals. Cody Sylvester led Wheeling with two goals and an assist while teammate Denver Manderson added a goal and two assists.
-Happy 41st birthday to former all-star Penguins forward Alex Kovalev (right). Initially acquired from the Rangers along with Harry York in exchange for Petr Nedved, Chris Tamer and Sean Pronger early in the 1998-99 season, Kovalev spent parts of five seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1998-99 by playing in 63 games for the Penguins and scoring 46 points. In the 1999 postseason, he played in in 10 games and scored 12 points. His first full season in Pittsburgh was 1999-2000. He appeared in all 82 games and scored 66 points. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 11 games and scored six points. In 2000-01, Kovalev, selected as an all-star, played in 79 games and set career highs in goals (44), assists (51) and points (95) while playing primarily on a line with Robert Lang and Martin Straka. The 2001 postseason saw Kovalev appear in 18 games and score 10 points. In 2001-02, Kovalev was limited to to 67 games, but once again was selected to the all-star game while scoring a team-leading 76 points. After 54 games and 67 points in 2002-03, Kovalev was traded back to the Rangers along with Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture midway through the season in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson. After bouncing between the Rangers, Canadiens and Senators, Kovalev returned to Pittsburgh at the 2011 trade deadline when he was acquired from the Senators in exchange for a draft pick at the trade deadline. He saw action in 20 regular season games and contributed seven points. He appeared in seven postseason games and recorded two points. After the season, he joined Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL. In 355 regular season games with the Penguins, Kovalev had 354 points, 16th-most in franchise history. In 46 postseason games, he scored 30 points. He currently plays for Visp of Switzerland's NLB.
-The Canadiens recalled defensemen Jarred Tinordi from Hamilton of the AHL.
-The Senators recalled forward Mike Hoffman from Binghamton of the AHL.
-The Lightning claimed defenseman Mike Kostka off waivers from the Blackhawks.
-"I told them I want to be here. We’ll see where it all goes. I am professional enough to know the business side of things and what the situation is here as well. We’ll see how it all plays out in the next two weeks." - Sabres captain/forward Steve Ott on his status as a pending unrestricted free agent.
-“I personally think I’ve been playing well. Obviously, the stat doesn’t look good. I feel like I’ve been doing my job. It’s just one of those seasons things have been falling on me. … I’m not going to quit, I’m not going to pack it in. So just keep showing up, keep fighting every day.” - Sabres defenseman Mike Weber, a native of Cranberry, on having the NHL's worst plus/minus rating of minus-32.
-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (hip) is working his way back into the Predators' lineup.
-The Flames assigned former Penguins forward prospect Ben Hanowski to Abbotsford of the AHL.
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