The United States and Russia might have had more hype heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament, but Canada and Sweden continue to be the head of the class when it comes to international play. The two teams made it through a treacherous and difficult tourney to make it this far, and now both nations are guaranteed a medal.
Not that either the Canadians or Swedes will be satisfied with a silver. They’ve made it this far and are hungry for gold.
No one should be expecting a blowout win or piles of goals. As fun as a red-light festival would be, both Sweden and Canada have made it to the end of the bracket by playing strong team defense while waiting for prime scoring chances. That level of patience has made some fans of either team nervous, but it’s impossible to argue with the results.
Sweden and Canada have both appeared to be the prime teams of the tournament since day one, and they both deserve to be where they are. Will the Canadians get scoring from a forward when it matters the most? Or will Henrik Lundqvist bring home a gold medal for Sweden?
Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 23
Start Time: 7:00 A.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
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