26 February, 2018
Kirill Kaprizov scored the golden goal in overtime, and the olympic Athletes of Russian Federation have defeated Germany 4-3 to win the tournament olympic men's hockey on Sunday for the Games to Pyeongchang.
In Gangneung, the Swedish women took control of the match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends - the fourth and the fifth - to beat South Korea 8-3.
Russian Federation and Germany fought back and forth until Russian Federation scored a point in the third period and then in a few seconds, Germany fired back with a goal, tying the game back up.
Russia, competing as neutral athletes at PyeongChang, scored in overtime through Kirill Kaprizov for a 4-3 victory.
"You play for your country, it is more important", added Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk, who won his first gold medal at his third Olympics. This includes a 5-4 win over Team Canada, a win that propelled Germany to the final round.
"Our whole team will stay in the memory of the people as having won the gold medal", he said.
The Russians hit the ice hours after the International Olympic Committee decided not to restore their delegation's Olympic status, which would have enabled them to march under their flag at the closing ceremony later on Sunday. "Now I have no dream".
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"It was the craziest game ever", Ilya Kovalchuk said.
The game was certainly the kind the players will relish winning due to its pressure-packed, high-intensity nature. In the second, Germany continued to hold steady and refused to allow many - or any, really - quality chances against in the opening half of the frame, and holding OAR off the board in the early going paid incredible dividends as the midpoint of the period approached.
Russian Federation retook the lead with a little more than six minutes left in the game thanks to Gusev, who banged in a shot off the mask of goaltender Danny aus den Birken. 10 seconds later, Dominik Kahun finished off a Frank Mauer pass in the low slot following a great Germany forecheck to tie it at 2. But OAR was unable to generate much with the man advantage, and, shortly after Germany killed the penalty, it appeared they were primed for a massive opportunity as OAR was handed a four-minute high sticking penalty.
With 3:16 left, Germany took a 3-2 lead when Jonas Muller waltzed in alone into the slot and shot a 25-footer through a traffic jam in front of the net.
Germany wasn't able to hang on for victory, however. Germany's lead didn't last long, as, with less than a minute to go, Gusev scored again, sending the teams back into a tie.
And the victor for Russian Federation came just over 10 minutes into overtime, when Minnesota wild 20-year-old prospect Kirill Kaprizov - the youngest player on the team - scored a power-play goal.
The gold medal was the first won by the team known variously as the Olympic Athletes From Russia / Russia / the Unified Team since a 1992 triumph in Albertville, France, as the Unified Team.