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Winter Olympics close in Sochi

Sochi, Russia -- The Olympic cauldron has been extinguished, the last of the 99 gold medals have been handed out and the 2,856 athletes are heading home following the closing of the Winter Olympics.

The last premier event was the men's gold medal hockey game, which featured the defending champion Canadians beating Sweden 3-0. The gold is Canada's third in the last four Olympics in men's hockey.

Chicago's Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby notched his first goal of the tournament in the second. Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz also tallied and Montreal's Carey Price made 24 saves for Canada.

Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers stopped 33 shots for the Swedes.

The final medal for the U.S. came in four-man bobsled, as the sled piloted by Stephen Holcomb came in third. The bronze by the 2010 Olympic champ gave the U.S. seven sliding medals in Sochi, tops among all countries. He also finished third in the two-man.

A check of the final medal tally showed the host nation on top with 33 and the U.S. second with 28. Broken down, the Americans had nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze.

The 2018 Winter Games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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