Canada celebrates Jonathan Toews' goal in the first period. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Canada beat Tre Kronor for the gold

Canada defended their title as reigning Olympic hockey champions after beating Sweden's Tre Kronor 3-0 on Sunday. Sweden had to settle for the silver medal after commendable defensive play by Canada.

Tre Kronor, playing without star players Niklas Bäckström, Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, started with a furious offensive in the first period but after both Sweden and Canada hit each other's goal posts, Jonathan Toews netted his first Olympic goal and gave Canada a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Canada's captain Sidney Crosby broke away after a defensive mistake on Sweden's part and rounded Henrik Lundqvist to double the lead 2-0. Canada played a great game defensively and withstood Sweden's attempts to equalise and scored a third goal through Chris Kunitz 9 minutes into the third period.

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