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Canada, Sweden Face Off For Olympic Gold Medal Men's Hockey Game

02/23/2014 08:17 EST | Updated 02/23/2014 08:59 EST
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SOCHI, Russia - Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the men's Olympic hockey tournament as Canada took a 2-0 lead over Sweden in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.

Crosby stole the puck from Sweden's Jonathan Ericsson at Canada's blue-line, skated in alone and beat Henrik Lundqvist on a backhand at 15:43 of the second period.

The goal was the least Canada deserved from a period where they fully dominated the flow of the game, particularly after the halfway point of the frame.

Lundqvist had to make several good stops to keep the game close.

Canada goaltender Carey Price was solid when he had to be. He looked sharp stopping on a shot from defenceman Erik Karlsson midway though the period.

Then with just under five minutes left in the second he handled a potentially dangerous tip in front from Alex Steen.

Jonathan Toews opened the scoring in the first, also scoring his first goal of the tournament.

Canada is the defending Olympic men's hockey champion, winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games with a 3-2 overtime win over the United States.

This will be Canada's first medal on the larger international ice surface.

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