Golden Games' Crowning Moment: Sidney Crosby Clinches Gold in Thriller

Jon Neely@@iamjonneelyAnalyst IFebruary 28, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  Sidney Crosby #87 of Canada waves a national flag following his team's 3-1 overtime victory during the ice hockey men's gold medal game between USA and Canada on day 17 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Before the game had even begun, out from the loud speakers of Canada Hockey Place blasted the words from the Black Eyed Peas song, "Tonight's gonna be a good, good night."

Little did we know how good it would really be.  

But when Zach Parise scored with less than a minute left in regulation of the gold medal game, an entire Nation came to a stand-still in shock and disbelief. So close they could taste it, yet the celebration that was just seconds from beginning had be put on hold.

And just as quickly as the Nation was forced back into their seats, Sidney Crosby lifted them higher than ever before.

The shot heard 'round the world. Or at least North America.

And with that shot from Crosby, after receiving a nifty pass out of the corner by Jerome Iginla and slipping in through the legs of Ryan Miller, Canadians blew the roof off this proud country.

A country that will never be the same after hosting these Olympic Games. A country that set the record for the most Gold Medals won at a Winter Games in history, doing it on the final day of competition, in the biggest sport, by the most beloved athlete.

Script writers would have thrown this story out because it's simply too good to be true. The fact that Crosby, Canada's hero before he even stepped foot in Vancouver, scored what might be considered as the biggest goal a Canadian has ever scored, is truly unbelievable.

Chris Cuthbert said it best, "These Golden Games have their crowning moment!"

And now, as the party rages on from coast to coast, Canadians can stand proud and salute the chosen few who had the weight of a Nation on their shoulders, and now have a Gold Medal around their necks.

It took a few more agonizing, nail-biting minutes than they thought it would, but in the end, the Canadian men's hockey team got their Gold in a way that will be described for decades to come.

Everyone will remember where they were on this day. The day Canada beat the USA and won Gold, again. The day Canada set the record for Gold Medals. The day that will go down as one of the most amazing in this country's history.

So as the Olympics come to a close after the final event ended with a bang, Canadians have one more night to stand up and cheer, run through the streets waving their flags with pride, and hug complete strangers with no fear of charges being pressed.

We got our Gold, Canada, and with a little help from our Golden boy.

The words that were pumped through the crowd at the beginning of the game were bang on. Tonight sure was a good, good night.

What a game.