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Monday, March 1, 2010

The Golden Goal!

Team Canada won a stressful 3-2 victory in overtime to give the country a second Olympic gold medal to celebrate in eight years. For Canada, it also marked an Olympic-record 14 gold medals by a country in a single Winter Games. Sidney Crosby provided the heroics on Sunday in the extra period. He capped off a give-and-go with Jarome Iginla for the winner.

The atmosphere was electric from the moment the first person stepped into the building. The game was fierce and physical in the first period as both teams tried to establish themselves. After Canada took a 2-0 lead, the Americans fought back and, in the end, tied the game in the final minute on a goal by Zach Parise.

Ryan Miller earned MVP honours for the Olympics. Brian Rafalski was named the tournament's top defenceman, while Jonathan Toews was named the top forward. The Olympic tournament all-star team was Ryan Miller, Brian Ralfaski, Shea Weber, Pavol Demitra, Jonathan Toews and Zach Parise.

The game brought the Olympics to a close in a perfect fashion for most Canadians.

After a lacklustre tournament, Crosby waited until the final moment to make his mark. After three games with no points, Canada needed a big goal and Crosby provided it. For the tournament as a whole, youngsters like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Toews led the team with Toews ultimately being named the top forward.

Card value winners - Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller, Jaroslav Halak, Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty.

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  1. There is so much to say about the gold medal men’s ice hockey game at the 2010 Winter Olympics. First, as an American, I am disappointed with the outcome. However, I was impressed that the USA was able to force overtime. The game-tying goal was exciting to see, and I honestly didn’t expect the USA to score it. Luongo played very well in goal for Canada, but I am shocked Miller got the Olympic MVP Award. Giving the award to a player who lost the gold medal game is unusual, but he did keep the USA in the game and had a stellar tournament overall.

    I hope NHL players participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, hasn’t said whether the league will shut down for the Olympics in 2014, but I hope it does. It was really great to see players representing their countries. The most interesting part about this tournament to me was that it pitted NHL teammates against each other in some games.

    Congratulations to Canada and I am at least glad the men did not celebrate in the same fashion that the Canadian women did when they won the gold medal. I am also happy that this game did not go to a shootout. That would have been an awful way to decide this game and the gold medal winner.

  2. Being from Canada, I could not think of one player who would have deserved the honour of MVP. Some played well for short stretches... even Luongo let in soft goals and had trouble with rebounds. The only player I considered as a potential MVP, regardless of the outcome, was Ryan Miller. He took a good team and made them border-line great. He was the reason they defeated Canada in the preliminary round and he was the reason they went to OT in the final. It's nice to see the MVP go to someone on the losing team.