Olympic Three Stars: Price blanks U.S.; Karlsson, Lundqvist lead Sweden over Finns

Sean Leahy
February 21, 2014

No. 1 Star: Carey Price, Canada

In a rematch of the 2010 gold medal game, Price was unflappable stopping 31 American shots as Canada edged the U.S. 1-0 to move on and face Sweden in Sunday's gold medal game. Heading into the final game of the tournament, Price has a 0.74 goals against average and .963 save percentage.

No. 2 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, Sweden

For the second time in three Olympics, Lundqvist has backstopped Sweden into a gold medal game. Behind 25 saves from the "King", Sweden got by Finland 2-1. Erik Karlsson's power play goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and put the Swedes up for good. Lundqvist has allowed only six goals in his five games played.

No. 3 Star: Jamie Benn, Canada

Benn scored the only goal needed to defeat the U.S. after he deflected a Jay Bouwmeester shot-pass in the slot by Jonathan Quick. The goal gave Canada a 1-0 second period lead they would not relinquish.

Honorable mention: Nicklas Backstrom was 16-for-19 in the face-off dot for Sweden ... Canada and Sweden last met for gold in 1994 when Peter Forsberg became a star on a postage stamp.

Did you know? Canada could become the first country to win back-to-back gold medals since the Soviet Union in 1984 and 1988. (IIHF)

Dishonorable mention: The U.S. failed to capitalize on all four of their power plays ... Joe Pavelski won only two of his 10 face-offs ... For some reason, Per Marts did not play Oliver Ekman-Larsson at all ... A flu bug sidelined Tuukka Rask right before the game.