US Loses Gold To Canada in Overtime
The Border War rematch was everything that was anticipated and more. The first gold medal game to go to overtime since the Swedes defeated the Canadians in Lillehammer in 1994, the scrappy US team just fell short losing 3-2 7:40 in the overtime period.
After being outmatched by the Canadians for most of the gold medal game, the US pulled Ryan Miller from goal to gain a man advantage and got a score from Zach Perise with 25 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 2-2 while behind the Canadian defense.
All the momentum seemed to be lost by the Canadians going into the 20-minute four-on-four overtime period, but Sidney Crosby put the dagger through the stars and stripes and took the assist from Jarome Iginla to shoot the deciding goal past Miller.
After feeling each other out for the first half of the first period, the Canadians took the momentum outmuscling and outhustling the US in both zones. Their effort paid off 12:50 in the first period when Jonathan Toews broke the ice off a Mike Richards assist to give the Canadians 1-0 advantage.
The goal came after the US won a faceoff in front of their net. However the Patrick Kane checked Brian Rafalski enough to get the puck to dribble away to Richards. The Canadians continued to dominate the US into the second period, but finally gave the US a scoring opportunity when Eric Staal was called for interference at 4:41 into the second period.
However the US fumbled the opportunity away getting only one shot on goal while allowing the Canadians to clear the puck time and time again.
The Canadians helped reinforce that the wages of a bad power play is being scored on, when 32 seconds after killing the US power play Ryan Getzlaf passed to Duncan Keith in front of the net who gave way to a charging Corey Perry to give the Canadians a 2-0 lead.
Ryan Kesler got the US back into the game 12:44 in the second period when he redirected a Patrick Kane shot past Canadian goalie Roberto Luongo to cut the Canadian lead to 2-1.
The US should hold their heads high taking the Canadians into overtime. This was a team that did not figure to medal in hockey, yet they steamrolled their way through the tournament until the final game.
Also Ryan Miller was the answer for the US. If there was a Conn Smythe trophy handed out in this tournament, Miller would have won it.
Now if Gary Bettman takes his head out his ass and allow NHL players to play in the 2014 Sochi games, the US should be rising force in international hockey.