U.S. floored by Crosby show stopper

Mon Mar 1, 2010 9:23am EST
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By Steve Keating

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - "Sid the Kid" became "the Man" by scoring what will be forever remembered as Canada's golden goal in a 3-2 Olympic final overtime win over the United States on Sunday to cap one of the most compelling sporting showdowns ever seen on a sheet of ice.

Just 22-years-old, Sidney Crosby stepped up and seized his place among the pantheon of hockey greats with a goal that sparked wild celebration across the length of the entire country.

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 mattered 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.   Continued...

<p>Canada's Sidney Crosby celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the U.S. during overtime in their men's ice hockey gold medal game at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol</p>