An Olympic hockey final that came down to the wire and inspired a country to rejoice. Watch the finest moments from Canada's dramatic men's Olympic hockey gold medal game against the United States in Vancouver! Canada defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime thanks to a goal by Sidney Crosby after a nice assist from Jerome Iginla. The victory gives Canada its first gold medal in the sport at an Olympics since 1998.
The game was close throughout with neither team being able to score during regulation time. In the end, it was the power play that made the difference as Canada outshot the U.S. by a count of 24-12 but could not beat American goaltender Ryan Miller who made several key saves during one-on-one situations.
Canada will now go on to face Sweden in the bronze medal game on Wednesday night. The Canadians are looking to win their second consecutive and third overall gold medal.
American fans might want to watch another game since this is not necessarily the last we'll see of Sidney Crosby and friends. Crosby has already been awarded the MVP trophy for best player at the Olympics.
Crosby became only the second player after Mario Lemieux to score five goals in a single Olympic game when he found the back of the net five times during Canada's 11-10 win over the United States on February 20th. The Canadian captain scored once in each period to lead his team to victory.
Crosby, Sidney Canada's Olympic men's hockey team beat Team USA to win the gold medal in Vancouver on February 28, 2010. Sidney Crosby's overtime goal handed Canada a 3-2 victory over the tough, underdog Americans, and the entire country celebrated. It was the first gold medal for Canada at the Winter Olympics since 2002.
Crosby became the first player to score a goal in an Olympic game and win the gold medal. He also became the first player to win the "Triple Crown" of hockey: MVP award, scoring title, and league championship all with the same team. The Montreal Canadiens star has been voted NHL's most valuable player three times.
Crosby's goal came just 1:49 into overtime as he took a pass from Chris Kunitz and snapped a shot past US goalie Ryan Miller.
It was Canada's second gold medal of the day. Earlier, Canada had defeated Sweden 5-4 in the final match of the women's tournament. That gave Canada six medals overall and set a new record for most medals by any nation at a single Winter Games.
The Canadians had already beaten the United States earlier in the day to become the number one seed in the playoffs. With two games left to play, they aimed to secure the top spot with a perfect record.
Both games took place on the same day, a Sunday. The final between Canada and the United States was deadlocked at 2-2 until Canada scored three goals to win 5-2. It was only the second time in 70 years that the US men's hockey team has lost an Olympic game at home. The other loss came back in 1960 when they were beaten by the Soviet Union 4-3.
The women's game was also close with Canada winning 3-2. This was Canada's third consecutive gold medal and fifth overall. The US won silver for the first time since 1936 when they also had five straight gold medals. They still have not recovered from that streak being outscored by Canada 93-45 during that period.
In fact, Canada has outscored its opponents 131-42 during these last five games while the US was only able to beat Sweden 9-8.
There was one notable difference between the men's and women's games. During the women's game there was some controversy when Canadian player Marie-Philip Poulin was given a double penalty after she hit the ice with her hand. The referee called for a video review but it confirmed that Poulin had used her hand so the penalty would stand. Canada went on to win the game anyway.
It didn't affect the outcome of the game but this is something that doesn't happen too often at the Olympics.
Americans take gold at the World Juniors in 2021 after shocking Canada with a shutout. And on the 12th day, the Hockey Gods bestowed upon us the ideal conclusion to the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship—Canada vs the United States for a gold medal. In what was arguably the most surprising result of the tournament, the Americans defeated the Canadians 1-0 thanks to a goal by Ty Smith. This is also the first time that either country has won gold at the world juniors since 2007 when Canada beat Russia 5-4.
The Americans earned their way into the final by defeating Sweden and Switzerland. Canada finished second in its group after losing to Russia and then to the United States. The Canadians were not able to score any goals during the tournament.
Canada's roster included 18 players from the NHL while the U.S. team had 20 representatives from colleges across the nation. The only two players on both rosters who have never played together before are defensemen Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers) and Jake McCabe (Vancouver Canucks).
Canada's coach didn't want to say too much after the game but did admit that he's "not sure" if anyone will be leaving Winnipeg after this win. He added that they're going to take some time off and then come back in four months for the Olympic tournament.
The US trailed 4-3 after two periods. They won the game, 9-4, after scoring six goals in the third period. It was the United States' first Olympic gold medal in hockey. The team had been defeated by Canada in the final match of these games.
An American woman has been killed and three other people have been injured after a car crashed into a crowd at the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in South Korea. NBC News reported that the incident occurred during the parade of nations before the men's ice hockey game between the United States and Sweden. A spokesperson for the police department in Gangwon Province said the woman died at the scene. Her identity has not been released yet.
This is the second time that a car has hit spectators at the closing ceremony of the Games. In 2016, a man died after being run over by a vehicle outside the stadium where the event took place. Five others were also injured.
There has been no indication that this latest accident was an act of terrorism.
The women's ice hockey game was one of four finals matches held during the closing ceremony on February 25. The others were the men's snowboard cross race, the men's halfpipe contest and the bobsledding event. All of these competitions were won by Americans.