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U.S. vs. Canada: Live updates from the gold-medal hockey game

February 28, 2010 | 12:13 pm


Canada 3, U.S. 2 (final)

Sidney Crosby scores to give Canada the 3-2 victory. It is also Canada's 14th gold medal of the Games, setting a Winter Olympics record.

Crosby first knocked the puck free from Brian Rafalski on the left boards and it rolled to Jerome Iginla, who was being knocked down when he got it across to Crosby, who slipped a 15-footer between Miller’s legs, setting off wild celebrations across the country,

Crosby actually had been struggling much of the game, with more turnovers than shots

Canada out shot the U.S. 7-4 in the overtime.

Overtime has begun.


U.S. 2, Canada 2 (end of regulation)

Parise’s goal sent the game into a 20-minute, sudden-death overtime with the teams playing 4 on 4.  A  shootout would follow if it remains tied. The shots were also tied at 32 going into overtime.

U.S. 2, Canada 2 (24 seconds remaining)

Zach Parise scores. It's all tied folks!


Canada 2, U.S. 1 (1:30 remaining)

U.S. has pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (2:00 remaining, third period)

Canada's Sidney Crosby had a breakaway but lost control of the puck and didn't get off a real shot.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (6:00 remaining, third period)

Canada's defense is tightening, U.S. can't seem to get off a clean shot.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (8:00 remaining, third period)

You can feel the anticipation in the crowd building.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (10:00 remaining, third period)

A lot of back and forth action. Luongo and Miller have both had standout nights. Really, it's a shame that either team has to lose. Kane’s turnover with 10:20 to go led to a great chance for Dany Heatley that Miller flashed a pad to stop.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (16:20 remaining, third period)

First minute of second period, Toews stole puck behind net, got it back to Weber, who hit the post.  A minute later, Chris Pronger hit the other post, underscoring why the iron can be a goalie’s best friend. U.S. seems a little impatient early on, with many early shots before anyone is even in position for a rebound.


As the third period begins, a note about Kesler's goal: Kesler and Canada goalie Roberto Luongo are teammates on the Vancouver Canucks.   Kesler had said before the game he knew what Luongo’s weaknesses were and wouldn’t be afraid to share them with his U.S. teammates, no matter how that might impact future NHL matchups.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (end of second period)

U.S. dictated the pace of play the last 10 minutes, and really stepped up their level of aggressiveness. Luongo made several outstanding saves in what has been a great hockey game so far.

The intensity of the game ratcheted up exponentially after the goal energized the U.S.

With Kane leading the way, cruising in circles with the puck in the Canada zone, working shots from the side of the circle, the U.S. suddenly began to control the play for lengthier stretches as the second period ended with Canada ahead 2-1.

Canada missed a great chance to put a stake in the U.S. back when Dan Boyle’s brilliant pass sent Eric Staal in alone with 53 seconds left in the period, but Stahl’s shot went high and wide.

The shots were even in the second period, with Canada holding a 25-23 advantage after two.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (4:23 remaining, second period)

Miller somehow got a glove on Shea Weber’s drive from the blue line, even though the goalie was entirely screened.  His glove may just have been in right place.

Canada 2, U.S. 1 (7:16 remaining, second period)

Ryan Kesler deflects a Patrick Kane shot past Luongo and into the net. Game on!

Canada 2, U.S. 0 (9:35 remaining, second period)

Canada kills off the power play. U.S. has a couple of chances to score but Canada goalie Roberto Luongo stands tall in the net.

Canada 2, U.S. 0 (11:35 remaining, second period)

Another power-play opportunity for the U.S. after Toews is sent off for tripping. They really need to score here to quiet the crowd a little.

Canada 2, U.S. 0 (13:24 remaining, second period)

Corey Perry scores off a rebound, putting the puck past Miller and sending the crowd into a sustained frenzy. Canada had just successfully killed off a power play.

Canada 1, U.S. 0  (15:25 remaining, second period)

U.S. kills the power play, then gets one of their own when Eric Staal is sent to the penalty box.

Canada 1, U.S. 0  (17:27 remaining, second period)

Power play for Canada. Ryan Malone sent off for high-sticking.

Second period is underway

Canada 1, U.S. 0  (end of first period)

At the end of a very physical first period, Canada led 1-0 with a 10-8 advantage in shots.

The U.S. had pressed the action early but was on its heels through the middle 10 minutes of the period before a flurry in the last 30 seconds.

Canada 1, U.S. 0  (5:38 remaining first period)

Bobby Ryan called for trip with 6 min to go, first penalty of game, but Canada got only one dangerous chance as US killed it.

Canada 1, U.S. 0  (7:09 remaining first period)

Bad pass, shot, Jonathan Toews scores on the rebound.

U.S. 0, Canada 0 (10:25 remaining first period)

U.S. comes an inch from a goal when the puck slides along the goal line during a scrum in front of the net. Duncan Keith of Canada pushed the puck off the line and under goalie Roberto Luongo.

U.S. 0, Canada 0 (11:09 remaining first period)

U.S. turnover deep in their own zone. Ryan Miller stops a point-blank shot.

U.S. 0, Canada 0 (13:45 remaining, first period)

End-to-end action at a frantic pace so far. Canada is dictating the pace of play right now. U.S. needs to weather these first few minutes.


Team USA was greeted with a smattering of boos as it came out for warm-up at Canada Hockey Palace.

Canada didn't come out until four minutes later, and the crowd made a similar sound with an "ooooh" in it, except this was preceded by an "l," for "Lou," the nickname of Canada's goalie Roberto Luongo, who was first onto the ice.


During warm-ups, USA's Ryan Malone flicked several pucks at the feet of his former NHL teammate, Canadian star Sidney Crosby. And each time Ryan Kesler skated along the red line, he held his stick high when passing a Canadian player.

People were lining up at the doors of sports bars three hours before the start of the U.S. vs. Canada gold-medal men's hockey game Sunday.

The crowds on the streets made it seem like an Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus, with only a handful of Michigan fans in attendance.


It's a sea of Canada red -- hockey jerseys, red toques, red mittens, red scarves.

And it has been that way since Canada held off Slovakia in Friday's semifinal.

Older Canadians are saying this is the biggest game since the 1972 Summit Series against the Big Red Machine, the eight-game series between Canada and the Soviet Union that inspired Canadian nationalism at a level that had not been seen since -- until these Vancouver Olympics.

In 1972, a Canadian team everyone figured would rout the Soviets had shockingly gone 1-2-1 in the first four games, played in Canada, then lost the first game in the Soviet Union.  Just as stunningly, they won the next three games in the Soviet Union, including the decisive one by 6-5 on Paul Henderson's goal at 19:28 of the third period.

For younger Canadians, this is the game of their lives.

-- Philip Hersh and Houston Mitchell


USA and Canada appear to be evenly matched

A look at how the gold-medal finalists match up

Photo: Canada celebrates winning the gold medal. Credit: Harry How, Getty Images.