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Russian hockey team beats Germany in overtime to win Olympic gold medal

26 February 2018

Kiril Kaprizov's power-play goal 9 minutes, 40 seconds into overtime gave the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team the gold medal in men's hockey Sunday with a 4-3 victory over Germany. On the ensuing 4-on-3 advantage, OAR used the big ice to spread out the German penalty killers just enough so that Gusev could feather a pass right into Kirill Kaprizov's wheelhouse, and the OAR winger made no mistake, blasting a one-timer by aus den Birken for the golden goal.

Meanwhile, Germany won the four-man bobsled competition, with Francesco Friedrich and his team of Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis finishing their four runs in 3 minutes, 15.85 seconds to win by more than a half-second.

On the power play, up by a goal, one minute remaining in regulation.

As neutral athletes, they were barred from having their flag raised or anthem played at the medal ceremony.

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. Those who won medals were wearing them.

The final came on the same day that it was confirmed that Russian athletes will not be allowed to march under their own flag at the Closing Ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018.

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"When you play for your country and I win this medal, this special time it's more important", Pavel Datsyuk said.

The pre-Olympic favorite OAR fulfilled its destiny by winning gold, but Germany came within a minute of shocking the hockey world in what was an instant classic in Pyeongchang. Since neither country had won a medal in men's hockey since 2002, there was relatively low expectations and pressure from the two underdog finalists.

The game was sent into overtime and took almost 15 minutes before Russia's Gusev scored another goal. "Now I have no dream". The skill primarily from the Kontinental Hockey League was apparent all tournament and especially in the final against Germany, which had all of its players from leagues in its homeland.

In the second period, Nikita Gusev put OAR 2-1 in front with seven minutes left, only for Germany to equalise through Dominik Kahun just 10 seconds later. According to Ilya Kovalchuk, they had planned in advance to sing the anthem, a violation of International Olympic Committee rules.

Prior to this medal, Germany's ice hockey has combined for an underwhelming two bronze medals, both coming from the Men's team in 1976 and 1932. The contest was tied 1-1 entering the third period thanks to goals from Slava Voynov-who scored with under a second remaining in the first period-and Germany's Felix Schutz.

Russian hockey team beats Germany in overtime to win Olympic gold medal