Sunday, February 28, 2010


VANCOUVER – A record 14 golds. And the biggest one of all.

Canada today edged the United States 3-2 in overtime on a Sidney Crosby shot in overtime in the gold medal men’s hockey game, sending an entire nation into a frenzy.

After the U.S. had tied the game with 25 seconds to go in the third period, Canada’s Crosby gave the gold medal to the home side.

It was a closely fought match between the country that won the most medals at the Vancouver/Whistler Games and the little guy to the north that won the most golds. When it was all over, the Canuck side was celebrating in a sea of red-and-white that surely set off parties from Truro to Tofino.

Canada jumped out to the lead when Jonathan Toews buried a rebound in a first period that featured some ferocious checking and a few great scoring chances for both sides.

Corey Perry made it 2-0 for the home side in the second after a couple of nice passes from Ryan Getzlaf and Duncan Keith. Canada looked to be in command, but Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler deflected a shot in the middle of the second to make it a nervous, 2-1 lead for the Canadians.

With goalie Ryan Miller on the bench, the Americans tied it up with 25 seconds to play, Zach Parise knocking in a rebound in a wild scramble reminiscent of the Canadian semifinal game against Slovakia.

That sent things to an extra period, but the one they call Sid the Kid responded with a goal that will go down with Paul Henderson’s as one of the most memorable in a hockey-mad nation’s history.

The win gave Canada a record 14 gold medals; double the previous high by a Canadian winter Olympic team (seven in Turin in 2006 and also in Salt Lake City in 2002) and the most-ever by any country at a single Winter Olympics.

Canada finished with 26 medals overall; 14 gold, seven silver and five bronze. That’s two more than the previous high of 24, collected in Turin four years ago.

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