In an unbelievable game, Sidney Crosby scored on a bang-bang play in overtime after the US failed to clear the puck out of the zone to give the gold medal to Canada. The underdog US team fought tooth and nail throughout the game and the tournament with heart and toughness. and scored the tying goal by Zack Parise with 24.4 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime -- and send the country of Canada into apoplectic shock. The Canadians had a great home-ice advantage, but the US team seemed unfazed by the crowd.
Roberto Luongo was pretty shaky in the entire game as he bobbled many shots that came his way, but Canada did a great job of limiting rebound shots. I thought Canada slapped the great Martin Brodeur in the face by pulling him after they lost to the US in the third game of the tournament, but their plethora of talent prevailed.
The goal Crosby scored was to the short side of Miller, who probably was stunned that it got through his pads. Miller was named the MVP of games.
It's a tough loss for the youngest squad in the Olympics, but nobody picked them to make it this far. Canada's team had 14 All Star players, while the US carried only four.
In overtime the teams skate four on four for twenty minutes and if it's still tied they go to a shootout, which is a rule I hate in Olympic hockey. The extra ice really benefits the skillset of Crosby, who is a great skater. I called Nicole right before the period began to tell her he was the player I feared the most since he is their star, but is really tough with more ice to work with.
The American team can hold their heads high for winning the silver medal with their valiant effort.
What a game and what a tournament. And my heart goes out to Brian Burke, the man that put the US team together, because his 21-year-old son was killed in a car crash right before the Olympics started.