An entire nation celebrates as Canada’s dreams have finally been realized. Not only did Team Canada win its first Gold Medal in Olympic Hockey on home soil, but it capped off both the most Gold won by the host nation and the most Gold won by any nation, EVER. Such emotion, such joy and electricity is running throughout the entire country right now, celebrating not only our latest Gold Medal, but the love and camaraderie we all have for each other and our glorious country of Canada.
An entire nation came to a standstill and watched as Team Canada took on Team USA in what can only be described as the most perfect, spectacular Gold Medal Game. And it did not disappoint. Up 2-1 going into the 3rd period, Canada knew what they were up against: it was either kill or be killed. And they opened up the period by storming out of the gate, firing anything and everything they could at the American net and hitting both posts on two consecutive plays. Goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller were perfect for their respective teams throughout out the entire frame, until, with 24 seconds left, the Americans pulled Miller and pressed hard with the extra man out. Zach Parise seemed to be the hero at the moment, managing to grab the rebound after a shot from Patrick Kane ricocheted off of teammate and USA captain Jamie Langenbrunner’s skate and put it home, tying the game at 2 a-piece.
The game went to overtime, where Canada’s golden boy Sidney Crosby took the game over in a matter of seconds. Just over 7:15 into the period, Crosby gained the American blueline and took the puck straight up the middle, making moves and trying to split the defense. The defensemen managed to knock the puck away to the corner, where Crosby retrieved it and turned to bring it to just above the hash marks. The referee in that area got in the way and Sid the Kid lost the puck but managed to turn and poke it to an open Jerome Iginla, who was now down in the corner. Iginla turned towards the end-boards and threw a blind pass out in front where he hit a streaking, wide-open Sidney Crosby. He shot it just as fast as he received it, firing between the legs of a surprised Ryan Miller, scoring the goal Canadians all across the country were hoping and praying for: Canada’s Golden Goal.
Thus began the largest celebration the nation has ever seen. In every province, every city, and every town, people celebrated not only Canada’s most successful Olympics in history, but also, and especially, Team Canada’s heart-stopping, thrilling, edge-of-your-seat Gold Medal victory over bitter rivals Team USA. Just after the game ended on T.V., cameras showed pictures of downtown Toronto, Winnipeg, Coal Harbor (Nova Scotia), and of course Downtown Vancouver where thousands and thousands of proud Canadians gathered together to celebrate this joyous event.
It is a proud time to be Canadian. And from town to town, sea to sea, and coast to coast, it is a sea of red and white.