Canada Works OT for Gold
Sidney Crosby's goal at 7:40 of extra period sews up gold medal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Brooks Orpik consoles goalie Ryan Miller after Canada defeated the US, 3-2, in overtime to capture the men's Olympic hockey gold medal in Vancouver, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – This was best possible way for Canada to end the Olympics. Sidney Crosby, shut down most of the tournament, wristed a shot past Ryan Miller 7:40 into overtime after Team USA tied the score with 24.4 seconds left in regulation, and Canada survived a tense, taut game to prevail, 3-2, in the men's hockey final today in Vancouver. It capped Canada's record gold rush and set off a national celebration.

In one of the greatest games in Olympic history, Canada's collection of all-stars held off a young, desperate opponent that had beaten them a week earlier and, after falling behind 2-0 and staging a furious comeback, almost beat them again. With Canada less than a minute away from the gold medal the hockey-crazed nation expected, Zach Parise tied it with Miller off the ice for an extra attacker.