Russia beat Germany 4-3 to win Olympic men’s hockey gold

Russia ended a 26-year men's hockey title drought on Sunday, defeating Germany 4-3 in over-time in a dramatic championship game for the only gold medal by Russian men at the Pyeongchang Games.

Russia beat Germany 4-3 to win Olympic men's hockey gold
Photo: DPA

Kirill Kaprizov scored the “golden goal” that will be forever remembered in Russian hockey history 9:40 into the sudden-death extra period to produce the first Olympic gold for the Russians since the 1992 Unified Team.

Germany finish second overall in the medals table after the final events were concluded in Pyeongchang.

Winter Olympics legend Marit Bjørgen lifted Norway top of the final Pyeongchang medals table on Sunday by winning her second gold and fifth medal at the games in the women's 30km cross country mass start, extending her record Winter Olympics career tally to 15.

Bjørgen's victory handed Norway their 14th gold to overtake Germany in the final medal count, after the German team won the four-man bobsleigh earlier on Sunday.

Germany also finished on 14 golds, but Norway take top spot in the overall medals table with their record 39 medals to Germany's 31. Canada are third with 11 golds, while hosts South Korea are seventh.

The Russian players were heard singing the Russian national anthem on the ice after their dramatic final win — apparently contravening rules governing their participation as neutrals, following a major doping scandal.

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 cannot wave their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony.

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‘Don’t gloat’: Germans get Canada travel advice after Olympic hockey shock

German tourists planning a trip to Canada received some tongue-in-cheek advice from their government Friday after their unheralded ice hockey team dumped mighty Canada out of the Winter Olympics, being warned not to gloat at their guests.

'Don't gloat': Germans get Canada travel advice after Olympic hockey shock
Germany's player celebrate after defeating Canada. Photo: DPA

Germany completed a shock run to their first men's Olympic hockey final by dethroning the two-time defending champions Canada 4-3 in Pyeongchang to book a gold medal showdown against Olympic Athletes from Russia.

“Travel advisory: Germans in Canada should exercise a high degree of empathy,” tweeted the German Foreign Office @GermanyDiplo.

“Be nice, don't gloat, give hugs, buy rounds of hot chocolate. Just imagine how you would feel if Canada beat us in soccer!”

“It's amazing. I can't believe it. It's like a dream. For us it's like, I don't know, best thing ever,” Germany goaltender Danny aus den Birken said after the surprise result.

“We have to realise we're playing in the final. I have to come down first to realise it.

“Who knows? If we keep fighting like this we have nothing to lose.”

The Germans, familiar with one another from world championship play, are assured of an Olympic-best result — their only prior medals being bronze in 1932 and as West Germany in 1976.

“We're just a bunch of hard-working guys who sacrifice for each other,” said German forward Patrick Hager. “It's hard to believe. It gives you goosebumps.”

Canada's nightmare defeat added to the misery of a hockey-mad nation a day after the women's team, seeking a fifth consecutive gold, lost the final to the United States in a shootout.

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