Sunday, February 28, 2010

Crosby the Overtime Hero - Canada wins Gold

Sidney Crosby's legacy grows by each major defining moment in Canadian hockey. Crosby waited for the right moment at the biggest stage of them all - the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, in the Men's Gold Medal Hockey game.

Crosby scored coming out from the corner on a little pass from Jarome Iginla to vault Canada to a gold medal, a medal that hung precariously in the air moments prior.

When Zach Parise scored with 24 seconds left, a hush fell over Canada Hockey Place, and all of Canada for that matter. Canada took the intermission to regroup for the four on four overtime period.

Sidney Crosby joins the likes of Paul Henderson and Wayne Gretzky with undoubtedly one of the greatest goals in Canadian hockey history.

Credit should also go to Roberto Luongo, who played extremely well in the Gold Medal Game. "Luongold" made several key saves throughout the game, including a game-saver off the stick of Joe Pavelski in overtime on a Scott Niedermayer giveaway.

Chris Pronger, Dan Boyle and Scott Niedermayer lived up to their reputation by demonstrating the veteran's poise that was expected of them in this tournament. Jonathan Toews, arguably Team Canada's best forward throughout the tournament, and Rick Nash both demonstrated their versatility and penchant for clutch play.

The line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Brendan Morrow was arguably Canada's best on this day - consistently cycling and controlling the puck deep in the American zone.

The USA meanwhile had outstanding efforts from Ryan Miller, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Kane and Zach Parise in a losing cause.

Canada will be abuzz tonight, as streets are filled with ecstatic fans thanks to the Men's Hockey Gold medal, culminating an amazing Olympic Games in which Canada hauled in a record 14 Gold Medals.

1 comment:

  1. It's no wonder why Canada and USA finished 1 and 2. These European clubs that thought selecting skaters who aren't currently or have never played in the NHL made huge mistakes doing so. It may have worked for Sweden in 2006 when Sundin and Forsberg were still going strong, but since then their pool has seriously diluted, and decisions like looking Mikael Samuelsson over for players out of the loop like Mattias Weinhandl are a huge mistake if you ask me. I don't think I would have Viktor Kozlov on an AHL team, let alone an OLYMPIC squad.