Canada in every game at the 2010 Winter Olympics → Canada vs. the USA, February 28th, 2010.
13 gold medals is nothing to scoff at it, but for Canadians, these Olympics would not have been a success without that final gold medal: the men’s Olympic hockey gold. Not many countries have something that they have so much pride in as Canada has with hockey. “Hockey is our sport,” we say. And there’s no way we could handle losing to the Americans, our cross-border rivals. We put massive pressure on the shoulders of these young men to perform at the highest level. For Canada, if we had lost this game, it would have been a national disaster. Thankfully (spoiler alert), we didn’t, although it took perpetual golden boy Sidney Crosby to finish it off.
The scoring started when Jonathan Toews scored, 12:50 into the first period, assisted by Mike Richards. 1-0 Canada. In the second period, Corey Perry made it 2-0, from Ryan Getzlaf and Duncan Keith. Don’t celebrate yet, Canada: Ryan Kesler, normally a crowd favourite in that arena, scored to cut the lead in half. The Canadians clung onto the lead for 19 minutes and 35 seconds in the third period. Then, a goal that silenced an entire nation: Zach Parise scored with a mere 25 seconds left on the clock. We trudge onto sudden-death overtime, Olympic gold and a nation’s collective pride on the line. 7:40 minutes into overtime, Canada simultaneously took a deep breath: Off of a falling down, spinning around Jarome Iginla pass, Sidney Crosby potted the goal. Canada had done it. We were gold medal champions.