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added 6:32pm, Or this guy too…
3-2 in overtime with Sidney Crosby getting the game winner.
Great performance by both teams!!!
Twenty minutes of 4 on 4 hockey or until someone scores. If not, shootout.
added 5:33pm, Your pick for the OT winner?
Robson Square in Vancouver may be the place to keep an eye on after the Gold Medal Game.
Watch the live stream below and thanks to Miss604 (make sure to visit the site for a local flavor of the Games) for the pointer.
This is the game many of us hoped for and now it is about to begin.
What a way to close out the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The majority of Canada will be watching and I believe many in the US will be watching too.
Team USA will try to take the home crowd out of the game early, while Team Canada will attempt to build on the momentum the fans are providing.
This should be fun folks, sit back and enjoy.
from Brendan Shanahan at NHL.com,
I remember the buzz in Salt Lake leading up to what we North Americans thought was the perfect gold medal match. I’ll never forget seeing my Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios in the Olympic Village the night before that game. We agreed that neither of our teams would walk away losers and that it was fantastic that one of us would win gold and the other silver. We shook hands and wished each other luck. A split second later as I turned to walk away, I thought, “Screw that, man, I want the gold.” I’m sure Chris [the godfather of USA hockey] was thinking exactly the same thing.
Here we are again: a game between two countries that respect and often root for each other, but are also fierce competitors when facing each other. I can’t recall a game where so many hockey experts from so many different backgrounds have had such a wide range of opinions about who is going to win. The consensus is this: whichever team imposes its strengths on the other and dictates the style of play is the team that will likely win.
“I knew he always has teams that work hard and are positionally sound, but I’m impressed by his coaching style. He’s quick and to the point and his voice is really heard in the dressing room. It’s been great to play for him.”
-Rick Nash of Team Canada. More on Babcock from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
Here is where you can find the Olympic hockey tournament gold-medal game on Feb. 28.
3-6 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, NBC
3:15-5:45 pm ET—Men’s gold medal game, CTV, TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, V, RDS, OMNI 1 (presented in Italian), OMNI 2 (presented in Cantonese/Mandarin) and APTN (presented in Aboriginal language)
Don’t forget, NHL Live has a special Sunday show today from 12:00pm ET until 2:00pm on the NHL Network.
from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,
“You win something like this, you remember everyone you played with,” U.S. center Paul Stastny said. “It doesn’t happen too often where you get to play for a gold medal against your rival on Canadian soil, where the fans are so into it.”
For some reason, this just feels so much bigger than in 2002 when Canada won gold by beating the United States in Salt Lake City.
Maybe it’s because it’s in Canada, where the sport is sewn into the fabric of millions. Maybe it’s the fact that Canadian TV and radio has dissected every facet of these two teams. Maybe it’s because the U.S. beat the Canadians 5-3 on their home ice only seven days earlier and Canadians everywhere prayed for a black-and-blue rematch.
“Hockey is not a sport in Canada. It’s a cult. It’s a religion,” said Burke, who doubles as the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and used to manage the Vancouver Canucks. “It’s why I love living and working in the NHL in a Canadian city.
“The Canadians view this as their game, and they view this game [Sunday] as planting a flag on a peak.”
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