With Finland winning bronze on Saturday, it has yet to be determined which of the remaining two medals will go. On Sunday, Canada and Sweden will battle it out for the gold medal in men's hockey. But with all the talk about Groups A and B this tournament, very little has been said about Group C and their winner, Team Sweden.
Despite missing the two Henriks - Sedin and Zetterberg - to injury, the Swedes have rolled through their competition in this tournament. While the end results of their games weren't an convincing as, say, the United States, they played fast, fluid hockey that only wore out their opposition in the latter part of their contests.
Like Canada, Sweden is undefeated at these Olympics and while no team has won Olympic gold undefeated since the NHL began its participation in 1998. Of course, after Sunday's final, that will change. It's just a matter of which country comes out on top.
As for Team Canada, they didn't put on the offensive clinic most thought they would in this tournament. Outside of their 6-0 win over Austria in the preliminary round, the Canadians have won their games by a grand total of five goals, with their three most recent wins being by a single goal each. They may not need to up the scoring-ante if you will on Sunday but if they don't, they will need a flawless defensive game - even Carey Price needs to duplicate (or surpass) his 31-save shutout performance against the US on Friday.
As far as the representatives of the Los Angeles Kings go, both Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter have been spectacular for Canada during these Games. While Doughty leads his country in goals with four, his stellar defensive play has turned the heads of fans all the way from St. John's, Newfoundland to Vancouver. As for Carter, while his three goals lead all Canadian forwards, some believe he should have more given his ability to create scoring chances. While he hasn't had much luck recently, maybe Sunday will be different as he vies for his first-ever Olympic gold.
It has been 62 years since Canada has repeated as Olympic gold-medalists as they hope to end that drought - assuming it's even fair to refer to it as that. Also, the last time any team won back-to-back golds in men's hockey was in Calgary in 1988 when the Soviet Union accomplished the feat.
(*While they did win gold again in 1992, the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in the squad being called The Unified Team - but that's a big can of political worms I'd rather not open).
With a squad that includes veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall, star defenseme like Erik Karlsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson, star forwards in Daniel Sedin and Alex Steen to an elite netminder in Henrik Lundvqist, Team Sweden have everything in order for Sunday's big game. But Canada had already knocked off one gold-medal favourite in Team USA, winning over one elite netminder in Jonathan Quick. Now, the Canadians hope to knock off another gold-medal favourite and, in the process, solve another top-notch goaltender.
Fans will debating until early Sunday morning about who will win until they're blue in the face. But when the puck drops, both Canada and Sweden will let the talent do the talking.
It be an ideal way to close out the Sochi Olympics.
Enjoy the game!