Team Canada knew deep down the moment they lost to USA earlier in the tournament that they would meet them again in the Finals for the Gold. With that in mind, they knew they had to play a solid game, and not make the same mistakes the USA had been making during the tournament. Boy did they deliver. Canada came out in the Gold Medal game ready to play and immediately brought it to Team USA as they did in the previous game they lost to USA. USA did not show up to play in the first period.
Once again it was USA Goaltender Ryan Miller keeping them in the game. USA played the same sloppy play as I have personally brought up before during the tournament. Jonathan Toews scored late in the 1st period to put Team Canada up 1-0. The end of the first would come, with Team USA being lucky to have not had a bigger hill to climb, mainly to the sensational play of Miller. USA finally woke up coming into the 2nd period and began to put the pressure on Team Canada. Canada would later respond 7:13 into the 2nd period with Corey Perry scoring on Miller making it 2-0. The crowd was insane at the point, thinking they had Team USA back on their heels. Ryan Kessler would get one by Team Canada Goaltender Roberto Luongo at the 12:44 mark of the 2nd period. The end to end hockey would begin as Team USA sensed they could get back into the game at the point.
After the game, Crosby stated, “Our team worked so unbelievably hard. Today was really tough, especially when they got a goal late in regulation. But we came back and got it in overtime.” USA’s Chris Drury stated, “No one knew our names. People know our names now.”Canada won its eighth hockey gold medal and only it’s second since 1952. “It stings right now,” said Miller who was the Tournament MVP. Miller played some of the best hockey I’ve seen from a Goaltender in some time. It makes you wonder if he can carry that same play over to Buffalo and help try to give them a run to the Playoffs in the NHL.
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