Smith Gets Gold, Ekman-Larsson Gets Silver at Olympics
Canada defeated Sweden, 3-0, on Sunday in the gold medal game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who is Canada’s third-string netminder, earned a gold medal at his first Olympics. Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, also a first-time Olympics participant, earned a silver medal playing for Sweden.
Smith did not dress for Sunday’s game. Ekman-Larsson did not play in the first two periods but played 7:19 in the third period as Sweden attempted to rally from a 2-0 deficit after the first 40 minutes.
Smith did not get into a game for Canada at the Olympics; he served as backup to Roberto Luongo in one game, on Feb. 14 when the Canadians beat Austria, 6-0, in the preliminary round.
Before the Olympics, Smith said the Canadians knew they were the favorites to repeat as Olympic champs.
"The expectation is (to win) a gold medal,” Smith said. “Anything else is a failure. That pressure is fun to be a part of. I think everyone expects us to win gold. It's gotten a lot harder over the years with how good everyone else has gotten and kind of caught up to Canada in a sense, but that makes it that much more fun.”
Ekman-Larsson played in five of Sweden’s six games and finished with three assists. Ekman-Larsson also won a silver medal for Sweden at the IIHF World Championship in 2011. In 2010, he won a bronze medal at both the IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF World Championship.