SOCHI, Russia – In the 2010 Olympic gold medal game, Jonathan Toews opened the scoring just over 12 minutes into the first period in an eventual 3-2 overtime victory. Today in the 2014 Olympic gold medal game, Toews again opened the scoring just over 12 minutes into the first period.
This time, however, the goal held up as the golden game-winner as Toews and Canada won their second straight Olympic gold medal with a 3-0 win over Sweden.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native also became the first 2-time Olympic gold medalist in UND Athletics history.
Toews, who starred at North Dakota from 2005-07, deflected a Jeff Carter pass and beat Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist for the only offense Canada would need. Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz provided the insurance tallies in the second and third periods, respectively.
“I think anyone knows the talent and ability this team has. A huge credit goes to our commitment to the team game and our will to win,” Toews told CBC following the game. “We stuck with (our gameplan) every single night and here we are on top of the podium, so it feels pretty good.”
Canada outshot the Swedes 36-24 and held a decisive territorial advantage throughout the game.
“In those games where you feel like you have the puck and you’re getting tons of chances, there’s still that chance with a team like Sweden, or even the U.S., they can come back your way and get a lucky one or find a way to even it up,” said Toews.
The Top Forward at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Toews finished today’s goal medal game with the most ice time (19:13) among Canadian forwards and finished second on the team with four shots on goal, one off the team lead.
“He is a leader of leaders,” said CBC’s Don Cherry of Toews during his first intermission Coach’s Corner segment. “I can’t say enough about Jonathan Toews. He is worth his weight in gold.”
Toews is one of three UND men’s hockey products to have won Olympic gold, along with Canadian goalie Ed Belfour (2002) and American forward Dave Christian (1980).
But Toews is the only one to repeat the feat.
“The whole experience is amazing, just coming out here, knowing how much pressure is on our team and what we’re capable of, but going out there and doing it is something special,” said Toews. “We’re going to enjoy this one tonight.”
Notes: Toews was named the game's No. 2 star by both CBC's Hockey Night and Canada and Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog.
Toronto Sun: 'Captain Serious' Toews comes through in the clutch
Bleacher Report: The Ultimate Winner: Toews on top again as Canada wins gold
The Canadian Press: Crosby, Toews bring their best against Sweden
Chicago Sun-Times: Toews, Canada win second straight gold medal
Chicago Tribune: Toews goal helps win gold medal for Canada