VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Sidney Crosby scored in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win over the United States in a heart-stopping Olympic men’s ice hockey final on Sunday and add one last glorious gold medal to a record haul.
It was the hosts’ 14th gold, the most ever by any country at a Winter Games, and fittingly the milestone medal was the one that matters more than any other to hockey-mad Canadians.
American Zach Parise sent the final event of the Olympics into overtime when he scored with just 24 seconds left in regulation, capping a determined U.S. comeback and driving a spike into Canadian hearts.
But Crosby, known to Canadians as “Sid the Kid,” came to his nation’s rescue by swiping a wrist shot past American netminder Ryan Miller to end the drama.
As Crosby drove his arms into the air, the capacity crowd in Canada Hockey Place stood and roared, the seething sea of red exploding in celebration which rocked the arena and thundered across the Great White North.
Canada marched on to the ice with the look of a team on a mission, swarming on to the attack right from the opening faceoff but the U.S., who beat Canada 5-3 in the preliminary rounds, would not be intimidated.
Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in a close opening period and Corey Perry added another in the second to stake Canada to a 2-0 lead and get the party rolling inside a pulsating arena.
The young Americans did not lie down, however, and Ryan Kesler trimmed the lead to 2-1 before Parise grabbed the equalizer.
Editing by Ed Osmond