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2010: Canada Wins GOLD!

Posted 28 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Gold, Olympics, Perry, Sidney Crosby, Team Canada, Toews

To watch the game again, head over to CTVOlympics.ca.
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I feel bad that my Olympic hangover was so big that I didn’t even blog about all of Canada’s 14 gold medal performances. We had an amazing showing at the 2010 Winter Olympics where we won lots of medals, but as a crazy Canadian hockey fan there are only 2 that *really* matter: men’s and women’s hockey.

After our girls shut out the US Women’s team 2-0 to claim gold, they cracked a few beers and smoked a couple cigars on the ice. Once the media circus calmed down, their focus moved (along with the pressure) to the Men’s team. In facing the USA in the gold medal game, Team Canada had the chance to not only become the first hockey team since “the miracle on ice” to win a gold nedal at home, but also to set a record for the most gold medals (14) won by a host country at the Winter Olympics.

February 28, 2010 will go down in history as one of the greatest hockey games of our generation. At 12:15 the puck dropped on what would be a historic game between Canada and the USA with the winner taking home the gold medal. There was no shortage of drama, afer the USA beat Canada in the opening round on their way to a berth in the semifinals, where they beat Finland. Canada’s route to the gold medal game went through Germany, Russia and Slovakia.

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After a nervous star to the game, where Team Canada seemed to be on their heels, Canada finally opened the scoring when Jonathan Toews took a nice pass from Mike Richards and buried it behind American goalie Ryan Miller. The fans at Canada Hockey Place (and in pubs and living rooms across the country) erupted when the goal went in. The first period ended with a score of 1-0 for Canada.

The second period continued with some awesome back-and-forth play, with great scoring chances for both teams. It would be an understatement to say that Canada’s hockey fans got even louder when Corey Perry made it 2-0 Canada in the 2nd period. But the USA would not be outdone, and the ever-pesky Ryan Kesler brought Canadian hockey fans back to reality five minutes later when he scored on Canada’s Roberto Luongo with the help of Patrick “Taxicab” Kane.

The late 2nd period goal by Kesler sent the game into a tense 3rd period, where nobody Canadian was comfortable with the lead. This was definitely not like Salt Lake City, where Canada pulled away from the USA in the 3rd period cruising to a 5-2 victory. Team USA was very much in this game right to the end, and pulled off a miraculous comeback, tying the game at 2-2 with only 25 seconds left. After a scramble in Canada’s end, Zach Parise knocked the puck into the net, silencing 16.6 million people all at once. After a split second of silence, I believe the most common words uttered at that moment were, “Nooooooooooo!” and “Faaaaaaaaaaack!!!! Nooooooooooooo”

The game went into overtime, and was scheduled to have a shootout after 20 minutes if nobody scored. But the shootout would not be necessary. Canada came out in OT and played with a renewed vigor that the USA couldn’t match. After 7 minutes and 40 seconds of Canadian-dominated play, Jarome Iginla dug the puck off the boards and passed it to Sidney Crosby who was all alone in front of the US net. Without much time or space, he shot the puck and managed to squeak it past Miller. The red light went on, the horn sounded and Crosby threw his stick and gloves into the air at the same time as half the country jumped up and screamed for all we were worth. After being criticized for his less-than-superstar play throughout the tournament, Sid The Kid came through at a critical time and scored the OT winner. His goal handed Canada a hockey gold medal at home and sealed the record of 14 gold medals; the most ever won by a country at a Winter Olympics.

This was an historical Canadian moment and at least half of the country was watching when it happened. Television ratings set a record with 16.6 million Canadians watching, making it the highest ever for a sporting event. A total of 26.5 million (or 80% of Canadians) watched the gold medal game at one point. Iggy slipped the puck to Crosby who scored the game-winning goal and the whole country exploded. Trust me. I was there. If you don’t believe me, check out the 1:20 mark of the video below.

To see the effect that a game like this can have on us Canadians, check out this post about the water consumption in Edmonton during the game. The graph alone is enough to show you that we may drink a lot during the game, but we wait until intermission to go use the washroom.

Mathematics of Gold: The Numbers Dont Lie

Posted 29 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Gold, Olympics, Sidney Crosby

You know that I’m pushing for Jarome Iginla to be the captain of Team Canada in Vancouver 2010, and his main competition is from Sidney Crosby, but when I stumbled onto this video over on Fadoo.ca, I thought it was too good not to share.

Pittsburgh Penguins are Stanley Cup Champions

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This was one of the best Stanley Cup Finals I’ve seen in a while. Throughout all 7 games, it was a see-saw battle that swung my emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. What better way to cap off such a dramatic series than with a winner-takes-all game seven. As far as game 7’s go, this one had pretty much everything a hockey fan could hope for. And if you’re a Pittsburgh Penguins fan, it had everything you can hope for… and more.

After all was said and done, Sidney Crosby became the youngest Captain in NHL history to raise the Stanley Cup. He lead the Penguins to their 3rd Stanley Cup in franchise history at the age of 21 years, 10 months, and 5 days. Despite tweaking his left knee in the 2nd period and sitting on the bench for most the the remainder of the game, he still came out and accepted the Stanley Cup for his team.

While the majority of the focus seemed to be on “Sidney’s first Cup”, there were lots of other notable players who also raised the Stanley Cup for the first time.
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Conn Smythe winner, Evgeni Malkin contributed a lot to his team’s championship run, as did goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. This season’s Cup-winning team also featured 20-year old Jordan Staal, who joins his brother Eric in the Stanley Cup champions club. Sergei Gonchar raised the cup for the first time, after 14 seasons in the NHL, as did Phillippe Boucher in his 17th NHL season.

Maxim Talbot became the unlikely hero of game 7, scoring 2 goals to pave the way to the Pittsburgh Penguins victory. His first goal was set up by Evgeni Malkin after Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart gave the puck away in his own end. The game was so tight at that point that many believed that this may be the only goal of the game. Talbot’s second goal – the Stanley Cup winner – put the Penguins ahead 2-0 midway through the 2nd period and they never looked back.

While the Red Wings pressed, especially late in the game, they could not beat Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Fleury aka “Flower” stopped barrage after barrage of shots from the Red Wings and kept his team out front. He had some help from the crossbar in the 3rd period, but played like he was determined to win for the entire game. He was a wall that the Wings could not penetrate, except for one point shot from Jonathan Ericsson with just over 6 minutes remaining in the game. Fleury’s most dramatic stop came with 1 second remaining in the 3rd period, when he dove across the net to stop Niklas Lidstrom from tying the game.