26 February, 2018
Nikita Gusev scored a stunning goal in sudden-death overtime as the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation pulled off a 4-3 victory over Germany Sunday in the finals of the Men's Ice Hockey event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
The Russian athletes had only managed to force overtime after scoring an equaliser with 56 seconds left to tie it at 3-3.
Russian Federation - competing in South Korea under a neutral flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia" - had not won hockey gold since the 1992 Albertville Games. 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.
The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box - and a potential path away from conflict.
The players sang the anthem over the sound of the Olympic anthem at the Gangneung Hockey Centre arena. Russian flags - the team barred from using them by International Olympic Committee sanctions for state-sponsored doping - hung behind the bench as the team awaited their gold medals.
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.More news: BB&T Suffers Interruption In Service
However, the International Olympic Committee had already voted to maintain Russia's ban pending the results of final dope tests from Pyeongchang, meaning the Russians can not wave their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.
Gusev also had two goals and two assists.
"It feels good but I have accomplished my dream", Datsyuk said.
Pavel Datsyuk, captain of Russian Federation, refused to acknowledge that his team hadn't won the medal for the country. "Now I have no dream". 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. Russian Federation faced off against a disciplined and strong Germany. "We didn't win Olympics since '92", Kovalchuk said. Just 10 seconds later a broken play behind the OAR goal saw Dominik Kahun rifle home the tying goal. In the second, Germany continued to hold steady and refused to allow many - or any, really - quality chances against in the opening half of the frame, and holding OAR off the board in the early going paid incredible dividends as the midpoint of the period approached.
Russia President Vladimir Putin gave a congratulatory phone call to some of the players after winning the country its second gold medal and 17th overall medal of the Winter Games.