Twelve teams entered the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament, and now only two remain. Canada and Sweden will square off for the Gold medal in just a few hours, and the tension couldn’t be any higher. While geographic rivalries might have been the story through the semifinal round, now it’s down to the Canadians and Swedes.
They might not be close when it comes to proximity, but there is no love lost between these two nations.
For Canada, this is a chance to successfully defend their Gold medal from 2010. Since the NHL started sending players back in 1998, no country has won two consecutive championships. Looking up and down a loaded Canadian roster, it wouldn’t be the surprising to see this squad finally accomplish that.
Sidney Crosby might be the biggest name on the roster, but Canada has been getting by with incredibly stingy defense and timely goaltending.
Sweden won’t be easily pushed around though. This isn’t a case of a “proud nation” that is simply happy to be this far. The Swedes are in the contest because they’ve played incredibly well despite injuries. No Henrik Zetterberg? No problem for Sweden. Henrik Lundqvist has been remarkable, and it’ll be fun to watch him take on Carey Price and the Canadians.
Looking to catch the game live and online? 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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