The Vancouver Olympics have ended in a spectacular manner for Canada.
The Canadian Men's Hockey team defeated the United States 3-2 in OT on a goal by the NHL's premier player Sidney Crosby. The goal comes less than a year after Crosby got the game winning goal in the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win gave Canada its 14th gold medal which was top for the Vancouver Olympics. Canada finished third overall in the Olympic standings with 26 medals behind the United States and Germany.
Canada came within 24 seconds of winning the game in regulation but Zach Parise of the New Jersey Devils tied the score. If Canada had lost to the United States on Canadian soil it would have been a source of wounded pride for years to come. Three hundred million Americans aren't going to wake up angry tomorrow morning because their team lost the gold medal game to Canada. Believe me it would have been much different story north of the border. Let's also remember that Canada lost to the United States 5-3 exactly one week ago. Losing to the U.S. on Canadian soil once would have been bad enough but to lose twice with the gold medal on the line would have been embarrassing. It would have overshadowed the gold medal won by the Canadian Women's Hockey team against the United States on Thursday.
Instead, Canada ends the Olympics in golden triumph.