Golden Olympic Finale

Ty and I decided to watch the last period of the Canada-US men’s hockey game on the big screen outside Live City, Yaletown. After building up a 2 goal lead, the US came back to tie it up in the last 24 seconds of the final period.

The crowd was tense; the mood became a bit somber … then, some minutes into overtime, he shoots, he scores. Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal and the crowd goes wild.

That was about three hours ago and the crowd is still going wild out there.

From  our place we can see and hear the crowd yelling and screaming, horns honking, cars scrawling along with multiple flags flapping …  after the game, we walked through Yaletown and up along Granville Street to Robson, along Robson to Richards, and then home again in a huge sea of red and white flags, hair, hats, boots, painted faces, hockey sticks. Granville and Robson are both shoulder to shoulder for blocks; people are dancing, high-fiving, singing, all sporting their colours.

With the men’s hockey win, Canada has 26 medals, including 14 gold, more than any other nation in history. After a very shaky start, red, white and gold redemption for these games.

See more photos here.

He waited until the final moment – with Canada teetering on the brink of a national panic attack – before Sidney Crosby put his mark on this game, this gold medal, this emerging legacy.

Timing as they say is everything.

In a game for the ages, it was Crosby – the leader of Canada’s Generation Next – who scored the golden goal 7:40 into overtime, leading Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team to a thrill-a-minute 3-2 victory over their arch rivals from the United States.

It was Canada’s eighth Olympic gold medal overall in men’s hockey and they became the first to win on home ice since the U.S. did it in 1980’s ‘Miracle On Ice.’

Crosby was one of a handful of players who had a chance to put the game away in regulation. Canada nursed a 2-1 lead into the final minute of play; prior to that, Crosby had been denied on a breakaway with about three minutes to go and both Pronger and Shea Weber hit the post early in the third period.

Normally, in the rhythm of any hockey game, too many missed chances at one end translate into a goal at the other – and yesterday was no exception. With 25 seconds remaining in regulation; Canada getting set for a celebration; and goaltender Ryan Miller on the bench for a sixth attacker, the U.S. tied the game on a goal by Zach Parise. The sequence was potentially heart-breaking: Patrick Kane’s shot deflected off Jamie Langenbrunner’s skate right to Parise, who skated across the front of the goal crease and tucked a shot past goaltender Roberto Luongo.

To be so close to the championship – and then needing to return for four-on-four overtime – was just the final test in what had been a pressure-packed two weeks for the Canadian team. Thanks to Crosby, they survived.

( The Globe and Mail)

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