Pyeongchang Games: Russians take gold on record final day

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Kirill Kaprizov scored an overtime victor as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation claimed victory over Germany in the men's ice hockey final here at Pyeongchang 2018. A high-sticking penalty on Germany's Patrick Reimer 9:11 into overtime put the Russians on the power play, where Kaprizov scored the victor and one of the biggest goals in Russian hockey history.

The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation have won that nation's first Men's Olympic Hockey Gold Medal since 1992.

Nikita Gusev had the go-ahead and tying goals in the third period.

Kaprizov, who is only 20 years old, has for its part made an accomplice of three nets of the olympic Athletes of Russian Federation. Kirill Kaprizov scored the victor on the power play.

So happy were the Russians that they and their fans at the Gangneung Hockey Centre belted out their banned national anthem at the medal ceremony, per Reuters' Dan Burns and Steve Keating. Let's not forget Russian Federation - or, we should say, "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games. With the loss, the Germans won silver, their best finish ever in Olympic ice hockey and their first medal since a bronze at the Innsbruck games in 1976. "Monday will be a holiday in Russia", Russian top scorer and tournament Most Valuable Player Ilya Kovalchuk said. "I have accomplished my dream". Team Captain Pavel Datsyuk said that this gold medal meant more to him than when he won the Stanley Cup twice because you are playing for your country.

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The skill primarily from the Kontinental Hockey League was on full display - and the Russians needed it against disciplined, opportunistic Germany, which had all of its players from leagues in its homeland.

The International Olympic Committee disqualified the entire Russian team from the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, as a result of a probe into alleged widespread doping violations by the country's athletes and sporting officials.

They were representing "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under strict guidelines including a ban on Russia's flag, national colors and the national anthem. The 2-1 lead was incredibly short-lived, as Germany answered back just seconds later thanks to a blistering slapshot from Dominik Kahun.

Gusev has scored two goals and two mentions of assistance while Vyacheslav Voinov has amassed a goal and an assist.

Canada won gold in the first men's hockey event in Antwerp in 1920, and kept the gold streak up for the following three winter games. It took almost the entire first period before Russian Federation was able to score the first point, thanks to Russia's Vyacheslav Voynov.

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