|Canada 3||FINAL (OT)||United States 2|
|Gold Medal Final|
|Date: Feb 28 @ 1:15 PM MST|
|Canada defeated Slovakia in Semifinal 3-2.|
|United States defeated Finland in Semifinal 6-1.|
Well I’m not too sure if anyone cares about this game. It should pretty much come and go without anyone even noticing really. Just another old game between Canada and the United States. Just a game for a piece of ductile metal. Meaningless.
Obviously I’m being facetious here. This is one of those moments in hockey history that could be remembered for a while. How it is remembered is yet to be known. These games really have been fantastic for Canada, and it’s my hope that one of the end points of the games will be fantastic as well.
I’m sure no American or Canadian hockey fan needs to be reminded what happened the last time these two teams met, on February 21st, but for those that don’t know, it was of course a 5-3 win for the United States. Canadians consider hockey to be “our game”. No one is allowed to be better at it than us, and at least on that day, the U.S. was. So everyone donning that red jersey Sunday should have a lot to prove. I expect a pretty damn good show from Canada, and what remains to be seen for me is who in the Red, White and Blue are going to be doing the same. I expect a pretty epic game.
No prediction for today… I don’t want to jinx anything. I have a lot of hope for Canada, but let’s just see how it pans out. Hopefully both teams deliver an entertaining package. That’s all either countries fans can ask!
TEAM CANADA ROSTER
|TEAM CANADA ROSTER|
Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks/NHL),Martin Brodeur (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL)
Dan Boyle (San Jose Sharks), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings/NHL), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Chris Pronger (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Brent Seabrook (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators/NHL)
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins/NHL), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Dany Heatley (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jarome Iginla (Calgary Flames/NHL), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Brenden Morrow (Dallas Stars/NHL), Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets/NHL), Mike Richards (Philadelphia Flyers/NHL), Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Eric Staal (Carolina Hurricanes/NHL), Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)
TEAM USA ROSTER
|TEAM USA ROSTER|
Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres/NHL), Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins/NHL), Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings/NHL)
Brian Rafalski (Detroit Red Wings/NHL), Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators/NHL),
Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks/NHL), Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs/NHL), Jamie Langenbrunner (New Jersey Devils/NHL), Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche/NHL), Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks/NHL), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings/NHL), Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks/NHL), Ryan Malone (Tampa Bay Lightning/NHL), Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks/NHL), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers/NHL), Chris Drury (New York Rangers/NHL), David Backes (St. Louis Blues/NHL)
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 12:50 – Toews from Richards|
|Eric Johnson panics and passes a brutal pass to Rafalski (from just behind the goal line, about 5 feet forward), and Rafalski loses it to Richards. Richards shoots it on net and it’s saved by Miller but Toews gets the rebound in.|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 7:13 – Perry from Getzlaf, Keith|
|Getzlaf carries it in the zone. He tries to throw it on net, but it hits an American defender and redirects to the slot to Perry. He beats Miller with a perfect shot.|
|USA – 12:44 – Kesler from Kane|
|Kane shoots it on net and it tips off Kesler’s stick out front and squeaks through Luongo’s right arm.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|USA – 19:36 – Parise from Langenbrunner, Kane|
|With the Americans pressing, Parise and Langenbrunner get behind the defense. The puck is on the doorstep for Parise, and he puts it in.|
|CAN – 7:40 – Crosby from Iginla|
|Iginla and Crobsy work it around together. Iginla takes it near the corner and passes it back to Crosby. He fires a quick shot off that beats Miller.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
Well many of us who wished for a close game were taking our words back when the Americans were rallying in the 3rd and eventually tied it up. But thank the hockey gods… “the true North strong and free” won it. The Americans put on a hell of a show. One thing I’ll say is sometimes its too bad that with every winner comes a loser. But the Americans can be proud. They didn’t win gold, but they won a lot of respect. Congrats to Canada, and way to end this Olympics with an exclamation point! 14 golds for Canada.. the most ever by a host country. Correction: that is the highest gold medal count for any nation, period.