Olympic Hockey 2014: Bleacher Report's All-Tournament Team

Dave LozoNHL National Lead WriterFebruary 23, 2014

Olympic Hockey 2014: Bleacher Report's All-Tournament Team

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    The 2014 Sochi Olympics saw Canada defend its men's ice hockey gold medal with a 3-0 victory against Sweden on Sunday. In six tournament games, Canada put on a defensive clinic, allowing just three goals.

    But while Canada took home the team awards, players from other nations were acknowledged for their individual efforts in Sochi.

    Awards for the players as chosen by the tournament directorate and media include Finland's Teemu Selanne winning MVP, Canada's Carey Price being named best goaltender and Erik Karlsson earning best defenseman honors.

    The complete list of official winners can be found at the IIHF's website.

    How do those awards compare to the all-tournament team selected by Bleacher Report's experts? The voters are Jonathan WillisAdrian DaterSteve MacfarlaneAllan MitchellLyle RichardsonCarol SchramRob Vollman and Dave LozoClick through this slideshow to find out.

Forward: Phil Kessel, United States

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    Phil Kessel led all forwards with eight points and was tied for the tournament lead in scoring with five goals. He had a hat trick in a 5-1 victory in group play against Slovenia that helped Team USA win Group A.

    Kessel's hat trick was the first three-goal game by an American at the Olympics since John LeClair's hat trick against Finland during the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Forward: Teemu Selanne, Finland

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    At 43, Selanne finished tied for fifth in tournament scoring with four goals and six points. In the bronze-medal game against the United States, Selanne scored twice, including the second-period goal that proved to be the winner.

    In his final Olympics, Selanne showed once again why he is one of the most respected players in the game.

Forward: Jonathan Toews, Canada

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    He had just one goal in the tournament, but it doesn't get any bigger than the winner in the gold-medal game. He added two assists to his first-period goal, and while he wasn't the offensive force that Kessel or Selanne was, his real contribution was at the other end of the ice.

    In the semifinal game against the United States, Toews helped neutralize Team USA's top line in a 1-0 victory. He did a lot of the little things that tend to go unnoticed.

Defenseman: Drew Doughty, Canada

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    It wasn't any of Canada's remarkable forwards who led the team in goals—it was defenseman Drew Doughty.

    Doughty's four goals were the most on the squad, and his six points tied him for the team lead with another defenseman, Shea Weber. He scored in overtime to defeat Finland, 2-1, in the Group B finale and was a threat from the back end in every contest.

Defenseman: Erik Karlsson, Sweden

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    Erik Karlsson finished tied for first in tournament scoring with Phil Kessel (eight points), which were two more points than fellow blueliners Shea Weber and Drew Doughty.

    He played 20 minutes per night and was a big reason Sweden's offense stayed afloat without Henrik Zetterberg, Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen.

Goaltender: Carey Price, Canada

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    Carey Price allowed three goals in five games to backstop Canada to gold.

    He stopped 103 of 106 shots and had two shutouts in his final two starts in the semifinals and gold-medal game. He wasn't overly worked—that's for sure—but that didn't stop him from stonewalling nearly every scoring opportunity that came his way.