Battle for hockey supremacy

Canada's experience versus Sweden's big-ice comfort presents a compelling clash

Updated: February 22, 2014, 4:04 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- There are no short cuts to experience.

You don't know what it's like to win a Stanley Cup or capture an Olympic gold medal until you've done it.

The knowledge gained from having accomplished those feats is the most valuable currency in hockey.

It's why NHL teams trade for former Cup champions. It's also why Team Canada goes into Sunday's gold-medal game with a crucial intangible in its back pocket.

The Canadians are the defending Olympic champs, having ...

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