5 things to know about Canada's win

2. Familiar faces finally find the net: Talk about picking your spots. The Canadians entered the gold-medal game with 10 forwards who had not scored a goal in this tournament. So what happened Sunday? Jonathan Toews, parked on the doorstep of Swedish goalie  Henrik Lundqvist's crease, redirected home a nice Jeff Carter pass to open the scoring for Canada 7:05 into the game. It was Toews' first goal of the tournament. Then, late in the second period with the Canadians really ramping up the pressure on the Swedes, Crosby took advantage of a Niklas Kronwall turnover at the Canada blue line to break in and slide a beautiful backhand deke just past the skate of a sprawling Lundqvist to make the score 2-0. Hard to believe that goal was the first of the tournament for Crosby given the chances he was creating, but there you go. Then, in the third, Chris Kunitz, perhaps the most maligned of Canadian forwards, ripped home his first of the tournament to close out the scoring. Guess it doesn't matter a bit that Canada wasn't lighting it up with what many regarded as the deepest, most talented lineup ever. You know what's creepy? The first goal of the '10 final was scored by Toews 7:10 into that game. And, of course, Crosby also scored the overtime winner. OK, maybe it's not creepy, but it's something.

3. Have to feel bad for the Swedes: They were already missing Henrik Zetterberg (the team's original captain), Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen and then just before the start of Sunday's game, Nicklas Backstrom failed a doping test, which the team believes was a result of taking allergy medication, and was unable to go. He had been centering the Swedes' top line with Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson. Although Backstrom hadn't scored, he did have four assists and his puck distribution was crucial to the Swedes' potent power play in the tournament. The Swedes had two power plays in the game and obviously failed to click on either. Not a knock on Team Canada, but while it did beat the silver- and bronze-medal winners (the Finns beat the U.S. in Saturday's bronze-medal game, 5-0), both Sweden and Finland were without their top players. The Americans might have been the healthiest opponent Canada faced, although they too were shorthanded, going without top-four defender Paul Martin. Canada wasn't without its injury issues, missing Steven Stamkos and John Tavares, who left the tournament with a season-ending knee injury. Still, the Swedes' depleted lineup definitely made what was already a Herculean task even more, well, Herculean.

4. Players piling on the hardware: Eleven returning members of Canada's '10 team were part of this gold-medal team in Sochi. Impressive. But consider the work done by Duncan Keith and Toews. Since the Vancouver Games, the two have won two Stanley Cups and two Olympic golds. Hope they have a big trophy case at home. Patrick Sharp is close behind with two Cups and now an Olympic gold.

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