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Coyotes at 2014 Olympics: Final Recap

Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 1:36 PM / Features
By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- Three of the five Coyotes who participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are returning to the team with a medal.

Note: Scroll down to see final stats for all five Coyotes Olympians and click here to see a Coyotes-themed photo gallery from the Olympics.

Photo by Norm Hall.
Mike Smith, who was Canada’s third-string goalie, earned a gold medal at his first Olympics. He is the first member of Coyotes/Jets franchise to win an Olympic gold medal since goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, defenseman Sergei Bautin and forwards Evgeny Davydov and Alexei Zhamnov won gold for the 1992 Unified Team.

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson earned a silver medal playing for Sweden, and forward Lauri Korpikoski earned a bronze medal playing for Finland. Like Smith, Ekman-Larsson and Korpikoski were first-time Olympians in Sochi.

Smith did not get into a game, although he did serve as backup to Roberto Luongo in one game - on Feb. 14 when the Canadians beat Austria, 6-0, in the preliminary round.

Photo by Getty Images.
Ekman-Larsson dressed for all six of Sweden’s games but played in only five. His ice time reduced throughout the tournament after Swedish defenseman Alex Edler returned to the lineup following a suspension dating to the 2013 IIHF World Championship. Ekman-Larsson did not get on the ice for Sweden’s semifinal win over Finland and he played only 7:19 – all in third period – in Sweden’s loss to Canada in the gold medal game.

Korpikoski turned heads with a solid performance for Finland. He notched four points in six games.

The Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins were the only three NHL teams who had players win gold, silver and bronze medals.

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek represented Czech Republic and were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

The Coyotes did not practice on Sunday. The team's next practice is Monday and its first post-Olympics game is at Winnipeg on Thursday.


FINAL OLYMPIC STATS



Ekman-Larsson
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Defenseman
Sweden

Medal won: Silver
Games: 6
Goals: 0
Assists: 3
TOI/game: 9:43
Shots: 5
Plus/Minus: +4


Hanzal

Martin Hanzal
Forward
Czech Republic

Medal won: None, sixth place
Games: 4
Goals: 0
Assists: 1
TOI/game: 14:08
Shots: 9
Plus/Minus: 0


Korpikoski

Lauri Korpikoski
Forward
Finland

Medal won: Bronze
Games: 6
Goals: 2
Assists: 2
TOI/game: 16:07
Shots: 11
Plus/Minus: +3


Michalek

Zbynek Michalek
Defenseman
Czech Republic

Medal won: None, sixth place
Games: 5
Goals: 0
Assists: 1
TOI/game: 18:37
Shots: 6
Plus/Minus: +3


Smith

Mike Smith
Goalie
Canada

Medal won: Gold
Games: 1 - (dressed, did not play)

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