Jonathan Toews of Canada scores first goal in Olympic Hockey gold medal final match vs. U.S. with 7:10 left in the first period. When scoring the first goal, Canada is 4-0 in the preliminary rounds of Men's Hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The crowd is packed with cheering Canadians. The Americans were a higher seed because of their undefeated play in the preliminary round of the 2010 Olympics, including a victory over Canada, but it is clearly a home game for Team Canada.
With four defensemen from the U.S. standing near the puck, Canadian Mike Richards flipped the puck toward the goal. The shot was blocked and the rebound drifted to the right when the Canadian player Toews smacked it over the left shoulder of Team USA goalie Ryan Miller, into the net. Thousands of Canadians went wild as Canada scored the first goal.
Toews, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, is tied for the Olympic lead in assists. That was his first goal in the Olympics.
The game will decide who wins the Olympic gold medal. Canadians in the crowd cheered "Go Canada! Go Canada!"
In the second period, Canada scored again. Ryan Getzlaf passed a shot toward teammate Patrick Marleau, who collided with USA defenseman Ryan Whitney, the puck flew back right to the front and center of the USA net. Number 24 of Team Canada, Corey Perry was right there and picked up the deflection. He fired a quick shot to the right corner of the net which breezed over the knee and under the mitt of Team USA goalie Ryan Miller. Getzlaf and Perry are teammates on the Anaheim ducks.
The Canadians had a 2-0 lead.
Team USA fought back and scored on a shot by Patrick Kane with 7:16 remaining in the second period. The shot was in the mitt of Canada's goalie, but it slipped out and landed on the ice inside of Canada's net.
In the third period, USA tried desperately to get a puck into the net, but to no avail. Canadian goalie Luongo was too much and held USA scoreless as time was running out. Canada ALMOST got their revenge and the Olympic gold medal in 2010 Men's Hockey.
Unbelievably, with 24 seconds left in the game, Zach Parise of the USA found himself 1 foot in front of Canada's net with the puck in sight. Canadian's goalie Luongo looked to his left, but the puck was not there. Parise flipped it into the net. The score was tied at 2-2 as 60 minutes of regulation ended. This was looking like one of the greatest games in the history of Olympic Hockey.
At the end of regulation, the score was Canada 2, USA 2.
In overtime, Sidney Crosby's overtime goal secured Canada the final gold medal of the Games and a dramatic 3-2 win over the United States in the men's ice hockey. Canada finally had their revenge.
For the USA, there were sad faces all around. The consolation prize of a silver medal was not enough to counterbalance the bitter loss. It could have been the greatest victory for Team USA since the "Miracle on Ice," but it was not.
As the anthem "O Canada" played, Canadians national pride was beaming. It was a joyous moment for Canada, proud host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Canadians lead all nations in the Winter Olympics with 14 Gold Medals. Germany is second with 10 Gold Medals. USA has 9 Gold Medals.