The biggest game in recent hockey history did not fail to live up to expectations. In a stunning and more than epic Olympic gold game, the Canadians defeated the Americans 3-2 in OT.
It was more than anybody could have expected. The intensity, heart, and pure determination of every skater was left on the ice today.
Ultimately, Canada would not be denied their gold medal in front of the home fans in Vancouver.
A team that easily could have let Zach Parise’s game tying goal with just 24.4 seconds remaining bring them down, the Canadians showed their true colors by letting the past be the past and coming up huge in OT.
And now Sid the Kid is, again, a national hero in Canada.
7:40 into OT, Sidney Crosby received a pass from the falling down Jarome Iginla, and shot the puck through Miller’s five-hole. The red light went off, the horn sounded, and Team Canada’s fans screamed. It was a stunning conclusion to an already stunning game.
The game was followed by thousands of Canadians practically screaming the Canadian National Anthem and the players receiving their much deserved medals.
The final day of the Olympics went out on a bang, producing one of the greatest Olympic hockey games of all time. Hockey fans will never see such an intense rivalry as the USA-Canada rivalry.
The game was a brilliant and fitting finish to what will be known as one of the best Olympic tournaments ever, a sign that screams for the NHL to let NHL players continue to be part of the Olympics.
Players will now have to pack up and get ready to return to their days jobs as the NHL season starts again on Monday.
* – Sidney Crosby game-winning goal photo credit: AP Photo/The Associated Press, Paul Chiasson via Google News