Kirill Kaprizov, 20, scored the golden goal victor with just over 10 minutes of overtime remaining. "It feels good to do something like that for the country".
The OAR in all its various incarnations, from the Soviet Union to a Unified Team that competed at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games, have won nine Olympic gold medals and have produced some of hockey's very best talent.
Above is video of the medal ceremony for team OAR Sunday. "Now I have no dream", he told the media after the event, via The Herald Sun. Led by a host of KHL stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, they've rolled over the competition en route to a gold medal game appearance that seemed nearly inevitable.
However, the International Olympic Committee had already voted to maintain Russia's ban pending the results of final dope tests from Pyeongchang, meaning the Russians can not wave their national flag at Sunday's closing ceremony. A high-sticking penalty on Germany's Patrick Reimer 9:11 into overtime put the Russians on the power play, where Kaprizov scored the victor and one of the biggest goals in Russian hockey history.
But as the Olympic flag rose and Olympic anthem played, Russian teammates linked arms and joined supporters in singing the Russian national anthem, their voices drowning out the recorded music in an emotional moment. He is the 28th player to do so, and it came as the 39-year old was the oldest hockey competitor at this year's Olympics.
"You know we learned from it".
I want tensions between the U.S. and Russian Federation to always be as high as possible when we take the ice.
Stocked with former National Hockey League players - Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk, Slava Voynov, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Nesterov - the Russians were by far the most talented team in the tournament. "It took me nearly 30 years but it feels really good".
Meanwhile, Germany coach Marco Sturm was proud of his team's efforts.
"But we all thought (before) that we would be sitting on the couch at home having a beer and watching the final on television".
This is a chance for the Germans to finish off one of the most incredible performances in the history of Olympic hockey. The Canadians were the overwhelming pre-Olympics favourites to win the gold medal.
The Germans then looked to have secured a shock first ice hockey gold medal when Jonas Muller made it 3-2 with three minutes left, but Gusev scored again to equalise inside the final minute of normal time.
"It was the craziest game ever", Kovalchuk said.