Olympics men's hockey: OAR captures gold with OT victory

Olympics men's hockey: OAR captures gold with OT victory

Olympics men's hockey: OAR captures gold with OT victory

Russian ice hockey players have sung their national anthem after clinching the gold medal in overtime against Germany at the Winter Olympic Games, despite the anthem being banned as punishment for a years-long Russian doping scandal.

Kirill Kaprizov scored the game-winner for OAR, which scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to tie the score at 3-3 and force overtime.

Germany, which was playing in the men's hockey final for the first time in the country's history, thought it had secured victory when Jonas Mueller scored with 3:16 remaining in regular time to put the Germans ahead 3-2. The puck eventually game to Nikita Gusev, who threw a backhand shot past Danny Aus Den Birken for his second of the game to tie things at three.

Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the 122-year-old modern Olympic storybook on Sunday night with countless tales to tell - tales of North Korea and Russian Federation, of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve, of everything from an uncomfortable viral outbreak to an athlete's boozy joyride. Kirill Kaprizov scored the victor on the power play. The country won gold in the first-ever women's curling event in Nagano in 1998, and medaled in every winter games since then - until they came in sixth place in Pyeongchang after a series of tough losses.

They took it upon themselves, however, to sing the national anthem in a move which broke the IOC's set of "conduct guidelines" for the OAR team published last month.

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.

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However, the International Olympic Committee had already voted to maintain Russia's ban pending the results of final dope tests from Pyeongchang, meaning the Russians can not wave their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony. "This match was the most important one in my life".

"It feels good but I have accomplished my dream", Datsyuk said. "Now I have no dream".

Olympic hockey is simply better when Russian Federation is really good.

The win gives OAR their second gold of the Pyeongchang Games and 17th medal overall. Russian Federation faced off against a disciplined and strong Germany. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out.

"Our whole team will stay in the memory of the people as having won the gold medal", he said. The 2-1 lead was incredibly short-lived, as Germany answered back just seconds later thanks to a blistering slapshot from Dominik Kahun.

The two teams were all square at 1-1 going into the final period after Germany's Felix Schutz cancelled out Vyacheslav Voinov's first-period opener.

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