SOCHI, Russia Henrik Lundqvist already has a gold medal at home, tucked away in memory of two fantastic weeks in Turin eight years ago. Nearly half of Canadas roster has the same souvenir from Vancouver in 2010.
Lundqvist believes ultimate Olympic success only makes a hockey player hungrier for more.
When Sweden faces powerful Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome today, the golden goalie expects both teams to close the Sochi Games with performances worthy of their unbeaten runs so far on the Black Sea shore. Both teams appreciate the difficulty of what theyve done over the previous 11 days, and they intend to finish with one last masterwork.
I think its going to be the best game of the tournament, and it should be, said Lundqvist, who became a Swedish hockey icon with his performance in Turin eight years ago. These are two fantastic teams. Everybody knows what happens next, you have to live with it for four years.
Canada is one victory away from a perfect run after dominating the rest of the worlds best with depth, defense and championship experience. Sweden is in the same position for almost exactly the same reasons.
As the pre-tournament favorites and the reigning champions, the Canadians seem almost grateful their medal run has pitted them against Finland, the U.S. and Sweden, the other three strongest teams of the tournament.
Its about hockey supremacy, Canada coach Mike Babcock said. We like to brag that its our game? If you think its your game, you better show its your game.
Two weeks ago, Russia was the most intriguing team in Sochi. A week ago, the U.S. appeared to be the best team in the tournament. But Canada and Sweden calmly proved they were a cut above.
The winner will be the first unbeaten Olympic champion since the Soviet Union won in Sarajevo in 1984.