Defense is key to gold for Canada

Canada faces Sweden for gold having allowed only three goals in tournament

Updated: February 21, 2014, 7:13 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- Nearly two weeks ago when Team Canada stepped onto the ice for its first practice, the coaching staff talked about its single, devoted focus: Laying down a foundation based on a defensive structure that would dictate everything else.

All the teaching and preparation was about knowing how to defend on the big ice. Nothing else mattered.

It was based perhaps in the lessons learned in Torino eight years ago when an injury-ravaged Team Canada looked like a fish out of ...

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