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The 2014 Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena from 12-23 February. Canada went undefeated, beating Sweden 3-0 in the gold medal game. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz both scored their first and only goals for Canada in the final game. Crosby was Canada's captain.[1]

Russia was beaten out 3-1 by Finland in the quarterfinals, which was a massive disappointment to both the players and the nation. There had been a lot of pressure and hype on the Russian players before the tournament. Russia was favourites to medal at the Games. Evgeni Malkin took the loss extremely hard.

Crosby Criticism

Crosby took a lot of heat for his low point production throughout the games, and the narrative was about the struggle to find him linemates because he is 'difficult to play with'. However, there were those who pointed out that Canada as a team were playing a much more defensive style, and that Sidney Crosby was still the best player on the team.[2]

Kunitz Criticism

It is generally accepted that Chris Kunitz made the Team Canada roster by virtue of being Sidney Crosby's regular linemate on the Penguins, though there are those who believe he made the team on his own merit.[3]

Miscellaneous

Shea Weber and Sidney Crosby spent some of their time hustling their fellow Canadian athletes at ping pong.[4]

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey_at_the_2014_Winter_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Men%27s_tournament
  2. http://www.sportsnet.ca/olympics/stop-worrying-about-finding-crosby-linemates/
  3. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--2014-olympics--canada-wins-again--but-it-s-time-to-lose-chris-kunitz-from-the-lineup-222528154.html
  4. http://pdsochi.wpengine.com/news/meet-sidney-crosby-and-shea-weber-ping-pong-hustlers
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