Crosby gives Canada golden finale

Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:24pm EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Steve Keating

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.

It was also fitting that the country's biggest goal since the 1972 Summit Series against Russia should come from Crosby, the fresh-faced all-Canadian boy who will now take his place in the hearts of his fellow countrymen alongside Paul Henderson.

In much the same way Americans can recall where they were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Canadians can tell you exactly where they were on September 28, 1972 when Henderson scored the most famous goal in Canadian history.

Now a new generation of Canadians will have their own moment, recalling where they were when "Sid the Kid" came to Canada's rescue, swiping a wrist shot past American netminder Ryan Miller 7:40 into overtime to end an afternoon of gut-wrenching drama.

"It doesn't even feel real, it's like a dream," Crosby told reporters. "This is just an unbelievable feeling.

"I felt like I was getting chances, Iggy (Jarome Iginla) was getting chances and eventually it was going to go in.

"I waited to the last possible moment so it was nice to see it go in.   Continued...

<p>The Canadian men's hockey team pose with their gold medals after defeating the U.S. in their men's ice hockey gold medal game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best</p>