A Epic Gold For Glory Recap: Team Canada

Andrew GaleaContributor IMarch 1, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28:  Michael Buble performs during the Closing Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place on February 28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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  The 2010 Vancouver Olympics will not be a forget able one and will be recognize for the ages to come by most Canadians.  Every athlete did us all proud in the last 2 weeks within their respective sport. Each moment watching was a battle with sweat and tears until it was all said and done. 

  On February 28,2010 will be a moment for Canadian history to never forget.  Our national sport was on the line every game Team Canada stepped foot on the ice.  The Tournament started brilliant with a 8-0 win with goaltender Roberto Luongo.

  Head Coach Mike Babcock turned over to Martin Brodeur, for the next game against the underdogs Swiss team.  The second game of the tournament was not proving to be an easy one, as all eyes was on Swiss for fighting hard to tie the the game coming back from a 2-0 deficit. The game went to a shoot out.  Just before this game, Mike Babcock has told his Canadian players not to take this game lightly.  The shoot out went to extra shots, and goaltender Jonas Hiller  played an outstanding game to take the game this deep against the Canadians. Sid the kid with all the weight on his shoulders scored the game winning goal in the shoot out victory.

   USA was next up on for the last group stage game.  Every fan was waiting for this game to come since the Olympics even begun.  Just a few seconds in and it was 1-0 USA, and Canadian fans were stunned. It was a epic battle till the end.  Marty played a very poor game.  All goaltenders have a bad game, but will never know if this time the pressure was to much for Marty or it was just a blimp.  The USA kept their momentum up and build a lead which time ran out to quickly for the reds. It was a 5-3 victory which sent Canadians to the qualification round vs the Germans.  

  The Playoff round was an epic one and one for the ages.  It was time for the  Canadian team to step up and leave the group stage games behind them, because it was glory or feel the pain of losing on home soil for many years without a gold medal.  The Canadians flew pass the Germans with a 8-0 victory.  The gelling of the team started at this particular moment.  Next up was the red hot Russians who believed they could beat Canada again after they defeated them 2-0 in the 2006 Olympic games.  It was a magical game, Crosby vs Ovechkin. It started out with a bang and ended in fashion with a 7-3 victory over the helpless Russians who had no defence.

  In the 2009 playoffs Crosby defeated Ovechkin and won the Stanley cup.  The Slovaks were next on the hit list.  As odd as this match up was, it was a physical hard hitting match-up with great forwards on the ice.  A fast pace semi final game brought a shell shock ending when the Slovaks putting everybody on their feet to cut the score to 3-1 and 3-2 with in the final 10 minutes of the game.  It came down to the wire when Pavel Demetria left Canadians holding their breath watching a great pad save from Roberto Luongo in the final seconds. Canada went on to win 3-2.

  S Sunday, February 28,2010 was the day all Canadians waited for.  It was a day where all eyes were on Canadians to win and make us all proud to be Canadian.  What a better way to end off an Olympic Gold medal record with the hockey men's Gold medal on home soil.  The story came true and not even Hollywood could of wrote a better script.  It was the perfect Final for all of us, to capture an epic win in Canadian history to never forget against the gritty Americans whose desire was to capture the gold on our home turf this time. 

  The build up to the game was magnificence and to the moment the puck was dropped.  The red leafs were hungary and went up 1-0 at the end of the 1st period.  Ryan Miller was standing on his head to keep the Americans in it.  Corey Perry with a point blank shot boasted the score up to 2-0.  The determination was in both teams.  The USA never gave up.  At the end of the 3rd period it was 2-1.  The whole 3rd period was about the Canadians holding the play with tight defence. Wonderful saves and fast pace action with chances being created from both teams through the whole 19 minutes of play. 

USA was peppering the net until it paid off with 24 seconds left  Zach Parise tied the game when the puck bounced of his own player and the puck waiting for him in the crease to put it in the empty net.  The USA fought back and brought it to overtime.  It was a situation where the USA brought back memories from the miracle on ice.  Previous to the tieing goal, Kessel told reporters in the interview before the 3rd period that the USA would tie it up.  

Overtime started with the ice fire, saves from both ends and speedy rushes where fans were cheering on as loud as they could when Canada would shoot. Miller was there to save the puck and all times. Some people couldn't watch, well it all came down to the end.  We all witness an end to a wonderful journey, when Sid the kid took a pass from Jarome Iginla to snap the biggest goal in his young career and in Canadian hockey history. The whole country jumped off its feet so high all over provinces.  It was a breath taking moment that we will cherish for the rest of our lives and show to generations and generations.  A fabulous ending to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.