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Canada blanks Sweden for another men's hockey gold

Sochi, Russia ( - Canada is golden once again.

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored goals to back another shutout effort from Carey Price, as the Canadians claimed their second straight Olympic men's hockey gold medal with a 3-0 victory over Sweden on Sunday.

Price, coming off a shutout of the United States in the semifinals on Friday, turned aside 24 Swedish shots on Sunday to give Canada its ninth Olympic gold medal in men's hockey.

It's also the third gold in the last four Olympics for the Canadians, who beat the U.S. for the top prize at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and also topped the Americans four years ago in Vancouver.

Henrik Lundqvist was the only reason Sweden kept Sunday's game relatively close, stopping 33 shots in a sterling effort.

Sweden was trying for its third gold medal. The Swedes won eight years ago in Italy and beat Canada for its first title in 1994, the last Olympics before the NHL began participation.

02/23 09:22:29 ET

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