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Golden Boy Scores Golden Goal: 1 Step Closer to Immortality

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  Sidney Crosby (L) #87 of Canada celebrates with teammate Scott Niedermayer #27 after scoring the matchwinning goal in overtime 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 Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Dave DunseithContributor IMarch 1, 2010

Hart and Art Ross Trophy...Check

Stanley Cup...CHECK

Gold Medal...CHECK

At the ripe old age of 22...Sidney Crosby has now cemented himself in the history of Canadian hockey lore...with yet another chapter written in the career that has just truly begun.

Unlike his "supposed" peer Alex Ovechkin, Crosby just seems to find a way to win, and puts himself in a postion to reap the rewards of a hard fought battle.  Just as he did last spring, 87 may not have been the best player of every game, but he seems to find a way to become the "pivotal" player in the grand scheme...but, he nonetheless finds himself in a key situation at a key time to ensure success is his.  So...just as he did in last years playoffs against the Capitals, setting the table for the Pens run to the final for a rematch against the Wings...Crosby was the difference maker against the Swiss...and then again was "Sidney on the Spot" in OT against the Americans when Canada needed him most.

At the end of the day, love him or hate him for whatever reason someone can rationalize outside of pure hockey sense, Sid Crosby once again finds himself on the winning side of the situation, regardless of the road he took to get there.  And we can take solace in knowing that for years to come, #87 will be there for us, because he too wants to celebrate in Canada's success, especially when his hands were involved in the outcome.

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