Brooks Macek, right, of Germany, and Patrick Hager celebrate past Russian athletes Bogdan Kiselevich (55), Artyom Zub (2) and Vasily Koshechkin (83) after a goal by Felix Schutz during the second period of the men's gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Since Russia was banned from the games by the IOC after an investigation revealed an alleged state-sponsored doping program, Russian athletes who proved they were clean were eligible to compete under the Olympic flag.
Germany were last on the podium at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games, winning bronze, and before that it was the 1932 Lake Placid Olympics where they also won bronze.
After weeks of chafing under International Olympic Committee rules that barred them from criticizing the doping sanctions or wearing Team Russia uniforms, the hockey players ended the Olympics on a note of defiance. But the players, arms around each other, sang the Russian anthem instead.
"We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail", said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women's curling team, which captured global renown as the "Garlic Girls" - all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. "It was a while ago".
The game was a thriller from the start and ended with flair, a flawless one-time slap shot from Kaprizov that ripped past German goaltender Danny aus den Birken with Germany's Patrick Reimer off for high sticking.
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The Germans won silver, their best finish ever in Olympic ice hockey. Neither team scored a sudden-death goal during a 20-minute overtime - and the resulting penalty shootout also ended in a 2-2 tie.
For those keeping score at home: That means four of eight Olympic Games between 2008 and 2022 will have taken place on the Asian continent.
On paper the final shouldn't have been a fair fight, but the Germans, playing hockey for a country primarily obsessed with football, skated evenly with the OAR, a team loaded with top home-grown talent from Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, seen as the world's second-best league after the NHL, and led by ex-NHL all stars Pavel Datsyuk, their captain, and Kovalchuk. A team of young cross-country skiers won three silver and four bronze medals, nearly half the Russian total, but attracted scrutiny because four skiers are coached by a man once suspended over doping.
It appeared Germany was going to pull of the shocking win entering the final minute; they had a power play and the one-goal lead.
"We all thought we would be sitting at home watching the final on the couch but here we are". But here we are.