Gold for Nash, Tavares; silver for Lundqvist
February, 23, 2014
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
New York Rangers forward Rick Nash and injured New York Islanders captain John Tavares will come home from Sochi with Olympic gold following Team Canada's 3-0 win over Sweden Sunday.
Meanwhile, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and forward Carl Hagelin will return to New York with a silver medal for their efforts. Lundqvist, who was stellar in leading an injury-ravaged Team Sweden to the championship game, was named to the all-tournament team.
After a scare from Latvia in the quarterfinal round, the game in which Tavares sustained a season-ending knee injury, Canada steamrolled it's competition with a decisive pair of wins to close out the 2014 Games.
Canada blanked the Americans 1-0 on Friday, dominating the U.S. team from start to finish with a brilliant defensive performance -- the U.S. team was pushed off the podium after suffering a 5-0 shutout loss to Finland in the Bronze medal game on Saturday. Canadian netminder Carey Price pitched another shutout Sunday for the second of back-to-back gold medals.
Nash was a member of the gold-medal-winning squad in Vancouver back in 2010, but this was the first Olympic experience for Tavares, whose tournament was unfortunately cut short.
That didn't stop the 23-year-old center from joining his teammates on the ice in celebration Sunday, however. Tavares appeared, one crutch in tow, to accept his medal.
• NHL spokesperson Frank Brown confirmed Newsday's report that the IIHF and IOC will reimburse the Islanders to some degree for the injury sustained to Tavares, per the terms of their insurance agreement with the NHL for Olympic participation.