Hockey

Mike Brophy - Saturday Feb. 22, 2014 21:32 ET

5 things Canada needs to do to win gold in men's hockey

Discipline, defence, Doughty keys to beating Sweden

Drew Doughty accepts credit from his teammates after scoring against Finland
Team Canada defenceman Drew Doughty is emerging as one of the team's brightest stars, scoring four goals in just three games at the Sochi Olympics. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Senior hockey writer Mike Brophy breaks down the advantages Canada must exploit to capture Olympic gold against Sweden in men's hockey on Sunday (7 a.m. ET.) 

The Drew Doughty factor: Doughty has been Canada’s best player through five games, leading the  team at both ends of the rink. His wonderful skating ability enables him to rush the puck out of  the defensive zone at times and to join the forwards on the attack in others. He leads the team in  goals (four) and points (six).

Price needs to be right: Carey Price has provided a calmness for his team in light of its  inability to score goals. It was suggested by some in 2010 that Canada won in spite of goalie  Roberto Luongo and not because of him. That is not accurate or fair. However, there is no denying  Price’s steadiness has been a huge reason why Canada remains undefeated and in the running for a  second straight gold medal.

Someone needs to be hot: The temptation is to suggest Canada cannot beat Sweden unless the players  counted on for goals who have been silent so far come through in the crunch. That simply is not  true. Canada is 5-0 and hasn’t gotten a goal from Chris Kunitz, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares,  Corey Perry, Patrice Bergeron, Rick Nash or Sidney Crosby. There’s no reason to suggest they can’t  win a sixth game without any of those players scoring - as long as somebody steps up to the plate.

Discipline: Canada has not been overly physical at these Olympic Games and therefore have not got  into too much penalty trouble. In fact, Canada stands sixth in penalty minutes, having taken just  16 minors in five games.

Penalty-killing: When Canada has taken penalties, its penalty-killers have been excellent.  Employing quick shifts to keep the pace up, Canada has been shorthanded 14 times and has allowed  just one power play goal. Canada ranks No. 1 in the tournament in penalty killing with a 92.9 per  cent success rate.

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