Neither Sidney Crosby nor Chris Kunitz had played their best tournament leading up to the Gold Medal game with Sweden.
It didn’t matter. Both Crosby and his linemate Kunitz came through when Team Canada needed it most, scoring big goals in the second and third periods to lift Canada over Sweden 3-0, securing a second consecutive Gold Medal for the Canadiens.
They are the first country to win multiple Gold’s in the NHL era of the Olympics, as well as the first team to go undefeated throughout the entire tournament since the Soviet Union did so in Sarajevo in 1984.
Canada kept it’s foot on the gas from the opening puck drop and did not relent until the final whistle to end the game. It was a dominating team performance from the best team in the tournament.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews opened up the scoring in the first, however Crosby’s breakaway goal on Henrik Lundqvist in the second was one of the best of the entire Olympics. His first and only goal of the games, Sid came through in the clutch after a somewhat underwhelming showing in the prelims.
Chris Kunitz also showed up on the scoresheet, snapping a wicked wrist shot past Lundqvist in the third to cap the scoring and seal the victory for Canada. It was a total “mic drop” moment for Kunitz, who many believed didn’t deserve his spot on the roster at all. He was ridden by the media in the semi-final against the U.S. for not finishing on the power play, but I’d be willing to bet most of them have forgiven Kunitz and any of his shortcomings after today’s game.
Crosby, Kunitz, and all of the Penguins Olympians return to NHL action against the Canadiens Thursday, February 27th in Pittsburgh.