AROUND THE NHL BY: MIKE PRISUTA
The question sounded rhetorical, and came off as an attempt to once again emphasize the team nature of Team Canada’s Olympic triumph . “Does anyone know who won the scoring race?” Canada/Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock wondered aloud after Canada had captured gold in Sochi . Since you asked, coach: Phil Kessel of the USA/Toronto (5+3) and Erik Karlsson of Sweden/Ottawa (4+4 tied for the points lead in the Olympic tournament . Kessel was the leading goal-scorer with five and fellow American James van Riemsdyk (Toronto) had an Olympics-leading six assists . Mikael Granlund of Finland/Minnesota (3+4) and van Riemsdyk (1+6) tied for third in scoring . Carey Price of Canada/Montreal had the top goals-against average (0 .59) and the best save percentage ( .972) .
MORE SPOILS: In addition to the medal-winning efforts of Canada (gold), Sweden (silver) and Finland (bronze), a few individual performances were recognized in Sochi . AS SELECTED BY THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTORATE Best Goalkeeper: Price Best Defenseman: Karlsson Best Forward: Kessel
AS SELECTED BY THE MEDIA MVP: Teemu Selanne Finland/Anaheim
ALL-STAR TEAM G: Henrik Lundqvist Finland/NY Rangers
D: Karlsson; Drew Doughty
F: Kessel, Selanne, Granlund
HOW SWEDE IT IS: Despite losing the gold medal to Canada, Sweden was able to maintain its No . 1 spot in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Ranking . The current ranking includes IIHF World Championships played between 2010 and 2013 and the 2014 Olympics . THE TOP 10: 1. Sweden, 2. Finland, 3. Canada, 4. Russia, 5. Czech Republic, 6. USA, 7. Switzerland, 8. Slovakia, 9. Norway, 10. Latvia . Sweden and Finland had been No . 1 and No . 2 prior to the Olympics . Canada improved two spots by virtue of its victory in the gold medal game . The IIHF list ranks 48 hockey-playing nations, with Mongolia (No . 46), the United Arab Emirates (No . 47) and Georgia (No . 48) bringing up the rear . A second edition of the World Ranking will be published after the 2014 IIHF World Championship .