Ice Hockey is not just Canada's pastime, its their passion and obsession. To them its a divine right. The Pre-Olympic favorites in Vancouver were Canada and Russia, with Sweden a strong Medal contender. Backed by Goalie Ryan Miller, the US men surprised everyone.
They defeated Canada in the final game in pool play to finish first in their group and earn the number one seed in the medal round. Miller shutout the Swiss as the Americans earned a hard fought quarterfinal victory 2-0.
They steamrolled Finland with six goals in the first seven minutes in the semifinal before posting a 6-1 win. The team captured the hearts and minds of Americans in a way we haven't seen in a generation. The Gold Medal game was the highest rated hockey game in the United States in 30 years.
The Gold Medal Game against Canada has been touted as a one of the greatest hockey games ever played. After falling behind 2-0 in the second period, a late goal in the period cut the deficit to one goal. Down late in the game, Zach Parise scored a dramatic goal with 23 seconds remaining to momentarily deflate the Canadian crowd and send the game to overtime.
Only a Goal by Canada's Golden Boy Sidney Crosby ended the American dream of the first Gold in 30 years. Miller was amazing, he posted a 1.35 Goals Against Average and .946 save percentage. Despite the overtime loss, Miller still earned the games Most Valuable Player Award.