The win was the first for the U.S. against Canada in the Olympics since 1960.
Brian Rafalski scored two goals to lead the U.S., who held a 4-2 lead late in the 3rd period. But Canada's Sidney Crosby scored to cut the lead to one, and Canada put a flurry of shots on net, but Ryan Miller stood on his head. Former Star David Backes had an assist in the win, giving him one goal and two apples in the competition. How cool is it to see a former Star in the Olympics?
WHAT A GAME. Judging by the poll on the right, many of our Black and Blue visitors watched the game Sunday night. That last three minutes was the most stressful hockey I've seen in quite some time. Canada held the puck in the U.S. zone for what seemed like hours. It was like they were on a two-man advantage, excpet it was 5-on-5. I watched the end of the game at the UNL Rec Center in the lobby, and it was really cool because it started out as two or three of us with eight minutes left and turned into about 30 people for the last couple minutes. Everyone cheered when Ryan Kesler dove on the ice for the empty-netter to clinch the win, and I'm sure most of them weren't hockey fans.
So what about you all? How did you celebrate the win? Did you call up your Canadian friends and rub it in? Tomorrow will probably be a national day of mourning up there. I've heard hockey to Canada is football, baseball and basketball combined to Americans. I hope others got to watch this awesome game, assuming everyone had access to MSNBC (cough, cough, Yeti). :)
Go Stars.......and Stripes!(Photo from WashingtonPost.com)
(Bracket graphic courtesy of On The Forecheck blog)