Sid the Kid has kicked off a nationwide celebration in the hockey-obsessed nation of Canada.
Sidney Crosby's goal at 7:40 of overtime gave Canada a tense,
3-2 victory over the United States to earn its second men's hockey
gold medal in the last three Olympics. Crosby's shot from the lower
part of the left circle eluded goalie Ryan Miller, the tournament
MVP. In one of the greatest games in Olympic history, Canada's
collection of all-stars held off a young, desperate U.S. team that
had staged a furious comeback after falling behind 2-0 to force
overtime. Crosby said his game-winning goal "was a dream come true."
With Canada less than a minute away from celebrating the gold
medal that its nation expected, Zach Parise (puh-REE'-see) tied it
with 24.4 seconds left in regulation. That goal came with Miller
off the ice for an extra attacker. The moment he scored, the sighs of disappointed fans probably
could be heard from Vancouver to the Maritimes. Crosby, the
Pittsburgh Penguins star who had been scoreless the previous two
games, brought back the cheers with his second post-regulation
game-winner of the tournament. He scored from the left circle.
Crosby also beat Switzerland in a shootout during the round robin.
The victory gives Canada a sweep in hockey as its women's team
also beat the U.S. Canada finished with 14 gold medals, the most of
any nation. The U.S. won the medal race with 37 total medals,
including nine gold.