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.