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Sochi 2014: A look back at Men’s Ice Hockey

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has drawn to a close now and the Paralympics are nearing the final stages. Did you know that Gala Casino are getting in the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics with their Ice Hockey-themed slot game which has all the thrills of the fast-paced, dangerous sport? They have helped us take a look back at the competition to see how the favorites (according to bookies) faired up.

Canada
Ice hockey is their natural sport so you would have expected the Canadian team to do well. They were this year’s favourite to win with the great odds of 2/1. They won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics which was a great win for them, especially as it was on their home turf. It was however, a very close match and they almost had the gold medal snatched away from them by the US team. Fans of the sport should note that Canada haven’t actually won the gold medal for ice hockey outside of North America since 1952, so their chances aren’t great considering the location of this year’s games!

However, this year, they did it again! They beat Sweden in the final with a comfortable 3-0 victory with Toews, Crosby and Kunitz making their way on to the scoreboard. The win made them the first team in 30 years to progress through the tournament without defeat, as well as being the first team to retain the Gold since 1988.

Russia
The second favourites to win this year, with odds at 12/5, were Russia. Sports fans were predicting Russia to make it all the way with the advantage of playing on home soil. Although, they lost in the 2012 Winter Olympics to Canada by four goals so if it comes down to it, their chances against the favourites to win aren’t looking good. Don’t forget though that this year they had Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk on their team- two strong players the Russians hoped would secure the Gold.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as they came up against a stubborn Finland side that weren’t going to let an early goal put them off. An early exit in the quarter finals for the second favourites.

Sweden
They had odds of 4/1 making them third favourites to go home with the Gold. In the past they have won the competition twice and their chances were looking good this year. They had Henrik Lundqvist aka “King Henrik” on their team, who plays for the New York Rangers, although he hasn’t actually been doing very well this season. It all depended on whether Lundqvist could shape up for Sochi.

Unluckily for Sweden they came up against the favourites in the final and lost out to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Canada.

It looks like the bookmakers did well in picking the winners this year. The favourites, Canada, went home with the Gold, with third favourites Sweden taking home the Silver. Thanks to Gala for taking a look back for us.

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