Canada defeated the US 3-2 at the Winter Games in Vancouver, winning the gold medal on a Sidney Crosby overtime goal.
Every kid dreams of that opportunity,” Crosby said. “It could have been any other guy in that room. Obviously, being in Canada, that’s an opportunity of a lifetime, to play in the Olympics and try and win a gold medal. You dream of that moment 1,000 times growing up. For it to come true is pretty amazing.
“We didn’t want to have any regrets and that’s the way I wanted to go out.”
It was an incredible end to a game that saw Canada lead 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews — a revelation for Canada — and Corey Perry. The relentless Americans, the youngest team in the tournament, battled back to send it into overtime with just 24.4 seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise banging in a rebound behind Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo.
In the overtime, Canada dominated in the four-on-four play and it ended when Team Canada veteran Jarome Iginla passed the puck from the corner to Miller’s right to Crosby.
“I just tried to throw it at the net, I wasn’t really aiming for anything,” Crosby said. “I didn’t see it go in. I just heard everybody screaming.”