Olympic Athletes from Russia claimed the men’s ice hockey gold by beating Germany 4-3 in overtime.
In a thrilling encounter befitting of a final, Kirill Kaprizov was the hero for OAR.
Kaprizov found the net during a powerplay 9:40 into the extra period to give his side gold.
Germany, the surprise package of the tournament, had to settle for silver.
OAR survived an early powerplay without too many problems and began to get on the offensive.
German goaltender Danny Aus Den Birken was forced into a few saves, but generally Germany were unruffled.
With only 0.5 seconds remaining OAR finally found a way through.
Vyacheslav Voinov had time and space to hit the net with his sides eleventh shot of the period.
The pattern continued into early in the second period.
Germany soaked up bouts of OAR pressure.
But, just as they had done throughout the tournament, the Germans grew in confidence.
With 9:32 played, they managed an equaliser.
Felix Schultz broke away and somehow squeezed a backhanded shot through from a narrow angle.
OAR goaltender Vasili Koschechkin will have been disappointed at how he allowed the puck to trickle past him.
The game was now intriguingly poised at 1-1.
A moment of brilliance from Nikita Gusev broke the deadlock with 6:41 remaining.
The OAR forward firing the puck past Aus Den Birken from the left side of the ice.
Ten seconds later though, Germany were level once more.
Thanks to Dominik Kahun, who was left unmarked right in front of the net.
With 3:16 left to play, Germany moved ahead for the first time in the game.
Jonas Muller cruised in from his defensive spot and picked his spot.
It looked as though OAR’s hopes were fading when Sergei Kalinin was penalised for tripping with little more than two minutes on the clock.
But despite being down a man, OAR forced an equaliser with 56 seconds remaining.
Kusev hooking a shot high past Aus Den Birken to make it 3-3. Incredible drama.
It was heading to sudden death overtime.
Ilya Kovalchuk had a great chance to seal gold for OAR right away.
But having charged through, he was denied by a superb save from Aus Den Birken.
The German goaltender, stretching to the last, stopping the puck with his left pad and away to safety.
German hopes were hit when Patrick Reimer was given a penalty for high sticking on Pavel Datsyuk.
Now it was 3-on-4 and it did not take long for OAR to take advantage.
Twenty-nine seconds into the powerplay, with 9:40 expired, Kirill Kaprizov sent a shot rocketing past Aus Den Birken.
The forward wheeled away in delight, instantly mobbed by his team mates. The gold medal was theirs.
The game was a lot closer than many had reckoned.
Germany – who lost their opening two group matches – can take pride in their best ever performance at in Olympic hockey.
Silver was their first medal since a bronze back in 1976.
For Olympic Athletes from Russia, the result was vindication of their pre-tournament billing as favourites.
For legendary 39-year-old forward Pavel Datsyuk, it was lifelong mission accomplished:
“I have accomplished my dream,” he said afterwards. “Now I have no dream.”