2010 VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS SPECIAL COVERAGE – MEN’S ICE HOCKEY GOLD-MEDAL GAME
It didn’t take Canada long to exact revenge for its loss to the United States last Sunday.
Team USA scored with 24 seconds left in the third period to force overtime, but Sidney Crosby found the net in the extra session to give Canada a 3-2 victory over the Americans and the 2010 Winter Olympics gold medal in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday.
Relegated to the qualification tournament after their 5-3 loss to the U.S. last Sunday night, the Canadians completed a stretch of four wins in six days with their victory to clinch gold.
American netminder Ryan Miller was named the tournament MVP and made 35 saves.
Canada (6-1) took control early with the first two goals. Jonathan Toews scored his first Olympic goal on a rebound at the 12:50 mark of the first period, with Mike Richards receiving an assist.
Then, 7:13 into the second frame, Corey Perry sent home a rebound with helpers credited to Ryan Getzlaf and Duncan Keith.
Team USA (5-1) came to life at the 12:44 mark of the second period, when Ryan Kesler redirected Patrick Kane’s drive off Luongo and across the crease to cut the Americans’ deficit in half.
The U.S. narrowly avoided disaster before tying the game. With 3:15 to go in the third period, Crosby couldn’t capitalize on a breakaway when Kane reached in from behind and got his stick on the puck to kept Crosby from getting off a free shot at Miller.
Then, with an empty net and an extra attacker on the ice for Team USA, Zach Parise sent home the puck after Kane sent it at the net off Jamie Langenbrunner’s skate and Luongo with 24.4 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
But Crosby stepped up in overtime to win it. Crosby, on the left wall, threw the puck into the corner to Jarome Iginla, who then sent it back to Crosby in the left circle. He finished the rest from there to clinch the gold medal and redemption against the Americans for Canada.
Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo, who stepped into the crease after coach Mike Babcock replaced Martin Brodeur following Team USA’s win last week, stopped 34 shots for Canada.
NOTES: Team Canada also beat the U.S. for gold in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. … Finland took bronze after its 5-3 victory over Slovakia Saturday. … Team USA had not trailed in the tournament until the first period of this game. … This marked only the third time a host nation won gold in men’s hockey. The Americans came out on top in 1960 in Squaw Valley and 1980 in Lake Placid.
Video credit – NBC