If you ever thought patriotism was going away and being supplanted by globalism all you needed was to catch a glimpse of the huge number of fans watching the Gold Medal men’s hockey game to recognize that hypothesis isn’t true.
Judging by the chatter and enthusiasm by moderate viewers before the game the network ratings for the game should be a pleasant surprise.
Several American fans were making plans to get home early to watch the game in its entirety.
Hockey Canada forecasted that over half the nation (Canada) would be watching the event.
The final game, won in overtime by Team Canada, had a healthy dose of everything any true fan would want.
Great goaltending, fine shooting and passing, hitting, superb skating and an overtime climax will have many talking about this game for ages to come.
Team USA proved that they are moving up on the world stage as an elite hockey power winning five games in a row and only losing in the final gold medal game in overtime.
For Team USA it was a heartbreaking loss. After fighting their way back and scoring a goal with 24 seconds left on the game clock Zach Parise put the puck in the net from about six feet out setting up overtime.
In overtime both team tried to play it safe defensively, but soon an opportunity in the corners resulted in Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla executing a text book give and go passing play that resulted in Crosby’s goal.
Tournament MVP Ryan Miller was noticeably affected by the experience yet put on a good face and accepted media interviews after the game was over. Miller was without dispute the best player on the ice throughout the series beating Russia and Canada despite both teams star-studded lineups.
Canada can celebrate a marvelous victory, but even it has to admit that the USA played excellent hockey and will be breathing down Canada’s neck for years to come creating a better product year after year.
Oh Canada, this was your year and your Olympics but the “Yanks are Coming."