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Marty St. Louis, Canada, get gold with 3-0 win over Sweden

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Marty St. Louis added an Olympic gold medal to his already brilliant career brought as Canada beat Sweden 3-0 Sunday in the gold-medal game in Socchi, Russia.

It was the first gold medal for St. Louis, who played in his second Olympics but didn’t seem, initially, as if he would get to a second as he was left off Canada’s first roster.

The snub caused admitted bitterness in St. Louis, 38, and hard feelings with Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, who also is Team Canada’s executive director, though reports out of Canada suggested the coaching staff, led by Detroit’s Mike Babcock, was not sold on the Lightning captain.

Still, after a similar snub before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, it was the second time St. Louis was left off Canada’s roster with Yzerman as executive director. But when St. Louis’ teammate, Steven Stamkos, could not make the trip because his broken right leg had not sufficiently healed, St. Louis got the call as a replacement.

While St. Louis was Canada’s 13th or 14th forward for most of the tournament – he did not play in Canada’s semifinal win over the United States – he contributed to the gold-medal win by playing on an energetic fourth line with the Rangers’ Rick Nash and Colorado’s Matt Duchene.

St. Louis had 6:46 of ice time, three shots and was plus-1.

The win also should be a relief for Yzerman, who put together a second straight gold-medal team for Canada, which also won in Vancouver. Yzerman spoke candidly before the tournament about the pressures of such a job.

Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo won a bronze medal with Finland, his third Olympic medal, adding a second bronze to the silver won in 2006 in Turin, Italy.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:49am]

    

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