Winter Olympics: Russia beats Germany, wins men's gold

Continuity carries Germany, Russians into David versus Goliath final

Olympic results 2018: Olympic Athletes from Russia wins men's hockey gold medal

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.

But the OAR team sent the game into overtime with Nikita Gusev's second goal of the third period.

Immediately the Russians celebrated on the ice.

"It's a very big moment", Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk said. That was my dream for when I was five years old, when I started playing. "Now I have no dream", he told the media after the event, via The Herald Sun.

OAR's victory marks the first time in more than two decades that a men's Olympic team featuring Russian players has captured gold, with Russian players previously helping the Unified Team finish atop the podium at the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

The South Korean team's silver earned the hosts their first Olympic curling medal, although they were unable to replicate the kind of form that had seen them win eight matches in a row. However, they kept open the possibility of athletes marching under Russian flags during the closing ceremony for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. More than 200 fans that cheered for the team all tournament sang the Russian anthem, too, but the players did them one better and bellowed the anthem over the top of the Olympic anthem as the Olympic flag rose to the rafters.

"It was great it came out like that", said Kaprizov. "We knew we would do it if we won". Germany did not qualify for the 2014 Winter Games, and the country had never finished higher than a bronze medal, which they won at both the 1928 and 1976 Olympics.

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The biggest difference between Russia's and Germany's teams is the number of National Hockey League players they boast.

They were representing "Olympic Athletes from Russia" under strict guidelines including a ban on Russia's flag, national colors and the national anthem.

These second-string teams are giving their best effort, but everyone knows that Canada and the US did not put their best players on the ice. But with less than a minute left and down a man on a penalty, Gusev dove stick outstretched toward a loose puck to make it 3-3 and take the game into overtime.

Russia's athletes were forced to compete in neutral Olympic gear rather than Russian colours.

"It's a little tough right now because we all felt we could have won that game, but that's hockey, that's just the way it is", German coach Marco Sturm said.

"When we had the penalty with two minutes to go, I honestly thought we won't be Olympic champions". Just 10 seconds later, Dominik Kahun tied it.

Jonas Muller put the Germans ahead for the first time with 3:16 remaining, but Gusev struck again after the Russians pulled Koshechkin for an extra attacker. But it could. That could be said about pretty much anything at an Olympic Games, inside the rings and out.

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