Canada is Golden

Sidney Crosby redeemed himself in the eyes of Canada with a golden goal to scoop the gold medal for Team Canada in Sunday’s big game against the United States.

The game was tense and down to the wire, but Canada pulled off an overtime victory to defeat the Americans by a final score of 3-2 to take the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The streets of the city were silenced after Zach Parise shocked the country with a late goal in the third period to tie things up 2-2, but it was Sid the Kid that brought the house down with his overtime heroics as the two rivals faced off in a four-on-four situation.

The goaltending was solid throughout the game, although Roberto Luongo looked slightly outmatched at times. Still, he made big saves when they mattered and managed to keep things close enough despite some tricky American rushes. American goalie Ryan Miller did more than his part to keep the U.S. team right where they needed to be, but it wasn’t enough as Crosby shoveled the puck past him in the extra frame.

Ryan Kesler scored the other goal for the United States, while Corey Perry and Jonathan Toews had the Canadian markers.

Shots on goal were pretty even throughout the game, with both teams nearly reaching 40 shots a piece. Penalties were few and far between and the refs called a good game, letting each team play physical hockey for the most part with few distractions.

Canada’s gold medal in men’s hockey caps off a brilliant showing for the country in the 2010 Olympics and finishes off the events in high style. With the Americans winning silver and the Finnish team taking bronze, the men’s hockey final standings match those of the women’s hockey final standings and serve to assert Canada as a world hockey superpower yet again.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.

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2 thoughts on “Canada is Golden

  1. “Sidney Crosby redeemed himself in the eyes of Canada…” ??

    In which Canada did he need redemption? The kid is 22, has been a scoring leader, is carrying the NHL on his back from a marketing perspective (with the help of Ovechkin) and was the youngest captain ever to hoist the Cup. Perhaps a more appropriate lede might have been that “Sidney Crosby cemented his place in Canadian hockey history…”


  2. “In which Canada did he need redemption?”

    The Canada that hosed Sid on message boards, on Twitter, in editorial newspaper commentaries, on television, etc. for “underperforming” at the Olympics leading up to the events. Hell, even the TSN analysts picked up on it.

    The illustrious CBC even solidifies this notion, leading their own story on the game with the header: “If he wasn’t a hero in this country before Sunday, Sidney Crosby definitely is now after his OT goal gave Canada the Olympic title.”

    An appropriate “lede” (wow, what an archaic term) would have been one that reflects the facts, hence the “lede” that I began the piece with.

    You’re also not viewing the “lede” in the context of the Olympics or in the context of Sid’s performance in the Olympics, which is where the criticism of his alleged underperformance came from. Nobody called into question what he’s done for the National Hockey League or what he’s done for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but many Canadians were certainly waiting for that one moment where Sidney Crosby would prove himself not as a young hockey player worth millions but as a Canadian hockey icon.

    And they got that moment in epic fashion, didn’t they?


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