Not only have people poured onto the streets in Vancouver but also Yonge St in downtown Toronto has been closed as people swarm in to celebrate Canada’s victory! (I can hear drivers passing by my apartment as they’re showing their pride and I live uptown)
CANADA has won at the Olympics!!!
VANCOUVER – A record 14 golds. And the biggest one of all.
Canada today edged the United States 3-2 in overtime on a Sidney Crosby shot in overtime in the gold medal men’s hockey game, sending an entire nation into a frenzy.
After the U.S. had tied the game with 25 seconds to go in the third period, Canada’s Crosby fired one from the right of American goalie Ryan Miller to give the gold medal to the home side at the 7:40 mark of sudden-death overtime. And a new Paul Henderson was born.
Just seconds after a Canadian turnover had forced Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks to make a fabulous save, Jarome Iginla tipped a pass from the boards to Crosby. Sid the Kid had been quiet most of the game, but he didn’t let history pass him by; firing a whistling shot past Miller and straight into the hearts and minds of a Canadian public that will ensure he never again has to buy his own dinner.
Champagne and cigars on centre ice? Bring it on. In triplicate. Or better yet, times 14.
It was a closely fought match between the country that won the most medals at the Vancouver/Whistler Games and the little guy to the north that won the most golds. When it was all over, the Canuck side was celebrating in a sea of red-and-white that surely set off parties from Truro to Tofino.
Canada jumped out to the lead when Jonathan Toews buried a rebound in a first period that featured some ferocious checking and a few great scoring chances for both sides.
Corey Perry made it 2-0 for the home side in the second after a couple of nice passes from Ryan Getzlaf and Duncan Keith. Canada looked to be in command, but Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler deflected a shot in the middle of the second to make it a nervous, 2-1 lead for the Canadians.
With goalie Ryan Miller on the bench, the Americans tied it up with 25 seconds to play, Zach Parise knocking in a rebound in a wild scramble reminiscent of the Canadian semifinal game against Slovakia.
That sent things to an extra period, but Crosby responded with a goal that will go down with Paul Henderson’s as one of the most memorable in a hockey-mad nation’s history. He made a mad dash for the corner of the ice, where his teammates buried him under a pile of red and white as the crowd went entirely bonkers.
The win gave Canada a record 14 gold medals; double the previous high by a Canadian Winter Olympic team (seven in Turin in 2006 and also in Salt Lake City in 2002) and the most-ever by any country at a single Winter Olympics.
Canada finished with 26 medals overall; 14 gold, seven silver and five bronze. That’s two more than the previous high of 24, collected in Turin four years ago.
Own the Podium? Maybe not. But there isn’t a Canadian in the world who cares right now.