Open thread: US vs Canada for hockey gold; Update: Canada wins in OT

posted at 2:00 pm on February 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The US hasn’t won Olympic hockey gold since the Miracle on Ice in 1980.  Canada last won the gold in 2002 — by defeating the United States in the final.  Canada has lost once in the Olympics, to this same US squad, while the Americans have gone undefeated.  This may well be the most dramatic competitive moment in the games, at least for television viewers.  Who will win — the commanding Americans or the Olympic hosts?

When Team Canada faltered in the first round of the Olympic hockey tournament, the nation that prides itself on having invented the game held its collective breath. Not to worry: a romp over Germany and a rout of Russia put this star-laden team back on track.

Or did it?

Canada barely hung on to defeat fast-closing Slovakia in the semifinals and secure its place in Sunday’s gold medal game at Canada Hockey Place. Adversity could bring the Canadians closer — or exhaust them.

The U.S. has run the table, relying on perseverance to subdue the stubborn Swiss in the quarterfinals and using physicality and speed to embarrass Finland in a 6-1 blowout. They have no gamebreakers — the closest to that is Hawks winger Patrick Kane — but their teamwork and energy have fueled their success.

I’m putting my money (figuratively speaking) on the US, but I’m glad that my favorite two teams made it into the finals.  The game starts at 3:15 ET and will get televised live.  USA! USA!

Update: Team USA scored a goal in the final 24 seconds to send it into OT, but Team Canada won in sudden death, 3-2.  Congratulations to our cousins north of the border — it was a classic Gold Medal finish.


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But 50 years later the body still works. :-)

Hockey is a man’s game, and yoop da man!

Congrats to the USA team for a great effort. I won’t say the best team won, I still think the American team was a wee bit better overall than our boys, they just lost the key game.

Enkidu on February 28, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Gold: Canada

Silver: USA

and Russia was humiliated !

Antagonist on February 28, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Great Game. Great Olympic Games, Canada. Good show! Cheers!

Over30 on February 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Okay Congrats to our brothers to the far north.

BTW, what is hockey?

Kermit on February 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Congrats to Mr. Rywall.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Let’s not forget Finland who took home the Bronze!

Not a bad Finnish for them! :)

honsy on February 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

I hope everyone is satisfied with second best cause that is what the U.S. will be in a few years.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Crosby 2012!

Caper29 on February 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

In the end, The NHL is the big winner
;)

FontanaConservative on February 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Go BlackHawks.

LtE126 on February 28, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Yeah, ok. But I’m still going to tell Toews to go f*** himself…just once.

Jaibones on February 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Okay Congrats to our brothers to the far north.

BTW, what is hockey?

Kermit on February 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

10 sadists punish live frogs with sticks.

katy the mean old lady on February 28, 2010 at 6:26 PM

katy mean old lady–I think I will be able to go to sleep now…sigh…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM

and Russia was humiliated !

Antagonist on February 28, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Seriously, wiping the smile off Ovechkin’s dumb face was better than gold.

Caper29 on February 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM

get better Lily!)

bernzright777 on February 28, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Thanks for the kind wishes, but it is my son who needs to get better. He had spinal surgery Tuesday. I’m just sitting here waiting for him to get well enough to take home. He was awake enough to say “He should have grabbed that puck,” just before we got the tying goal. Made me happy to hear that, cause he was right and I know nothing about hockey.

Lily on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I feel bad for the US team. It’s no big deal for Canada to win gold at hockey. But it is a very big deal for the US to win gold. The last time that happened was 30 years ago and they still refer to it as a miracle. My heart goes out to you.

keep the change on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:27 PM

nighty nite!

katy the mean old lady on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I hope everyone is satisfied with second best cause that is what the U.S. will be in a few years.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Salt meet wound…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I think Obama probably called them to wish them good luck.

deidre on February 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

katy the mean old lady on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Have to finish this bloody mary first…and OMG–I forgot to change the channel….nooooo not NBC!!!!!

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Were we third or fourth in the gold medal count?

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Hate to lose them when they are that close. Congrats Canada. Great comeback USA. However, I did like it when amatures use to play for the medals.

WyoMike on February 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Lily on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

in my prayers darlin’

bernzright777 on February 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

U.S. has 37 medals total. Second place is Germany with 30 medals.

FontanaConservative on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

This is why we lost…..

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper unwittingly provided support for the popular belief that politicians cannot organize a booze-up in a brewery when they mixed up a simple wager on the outcome of Sunday’s Olympic ice hockey final.

deidre on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:31 PM

U.S. has 37 medals total. Second place is Germany with 30 medals.

FontanaConservative on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

and 3rd place is Canada with 26

FontanaConservative on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Congrats to our Canadian friends.

yoda on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Have to finish this bloody mary first…and OMG–I forgot to change the channel….nooooo not NBC!!!!!

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Dang! Me too. Should we decontaminate?

katy the mean old lady on February 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Actually, we tied for fourth in Gold Medals, but are first at coming in third. Yeah!!

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Ohhhhhh Canada!!! Yes!!!

ProfessorMiao on February 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Congratulations to Canada!

I was rooting for the USA but it’s hard to root for Goliath against David (33.5 million Canadians vs. 360 million Americans)

manofaiki on February 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM

bernzright777 on February 28, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Very much appreciated!

Lily on February 28, 2010 at 6:37 PM

And the gold medal goes to …………………………………………………………………THE ANNOUNCER!!!!
We will now play the Announcer National Anthem.
What? No national anthem for announcers?
AnninCa will know what we should play!

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Final Medal Score: USA–103. Canada–96. (5 pts. for gold, 3 for silver, 1 for bronze). We win the Olympics.

El_Terrible on February 28, 2010 at 6:38 PM

You mean the Olympics give gold medals only to the winning team and not to all the teams? How insensitive to discriminate in that way. Think of the self-esteem issues. Oh, the humanity…

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

And that, folks, is how we do that.
Wicked awesome.

Gaunilon on February 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Congrats to our Canadian friends.

yoda on February 28, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Same here, much better to loose to our cousin’s the Canadians vs Russia. They can all be proud of how they played today.

wi farmgirl on February 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

So did the Canadian guys hang out on the ice with cigars and beer the way the Canadian women’s team did after their medal ceremony? An IOC official got his panties in a wad over it. Bad example or something.

Wethal on February 28, 2010 at 6:41 PM

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

very funny!

wi farmgirl on February 28, 2010 at 6:42 PM

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’m surpised they didn’t just give out “participant” ribbons….

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

AND THE GOLD MEDAL GOES TO…………………………………………………………………
BARRACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!
What? Not until the Special Olympics?
Oh.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Congrats El Terrible, you found that by manipulating the numbers we come out on top. Sounds a little O-botish.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

It’s Bush’s fault!

Bruno Strozek on February 28, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Why do they give out silver and bronze medals? Sounds silly to reward losers.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

I’m surpised they didn’t just give out “participant” ribbons….

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Well, they did hand out condoms to everyone last week.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Congrats, you bastages!

It’s an honor to lose honorably to a fightin’ bunch like Team Canada. Well done.

hillbillyjim on February 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Well, yeah. It was an NHL All-Star game, and somebody had to win.

Congrats to the Canucks. Good going!

J.E. Dyer on February 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Congrats El Terrible, you found that by manipulating the numbers we come out on top. Sounds a little O-botish.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

We came out on top in TOTAL amount of medals…but not in gold medals…and thats a fact–jack…Google it…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Congratulations to our northern cousins…

… Grog and Ale for all.

Now…

about that bill for fifty years of a nuclear shield…

/ :O)

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Hillbillyjim, since when is it honorable to lose?

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Actually, we tied for fourth in Gold Medals, but are first at coming in third. Yeah!!

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

That’s a solid B+

rbj on February 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Shhhhhh!
That’s become a nucluler magnet.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Same here, much better to loose to our cousin’s the Canadians vs Russia. They can all be proud of how they played today
wi farmgirl on February 28, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Our HotAir friend, canopfor is a happy fellow today.

yoda on February 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM

nucluler

Isn’t that in the Urban Dictionary under “Bushism’s”?

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Actually, we tied for fourth in Gold Medals, but are first at coming in third. Yeah!!

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

That’s a solid B+

More like a C-

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Well, unlike the Hockey Puck in Chief, I sure wanted Team USA to win. But losing to Canada ain’t so bad, Eh?

Then again, down here in Texas, hockey is something that comes out of a politician’s mouth or a horse’s butt.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

yoda on February 28, 2010 at 6:54 PM

“Drunk, he is”!
Yoda.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

I’ve seen better material than Barrack’s emit from the butt of a jackass.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Too bad all the Canadian players live here and get American health care. Canada celebrates their sports stars with better health care than themselves.

PrezHussein on February 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM

It’s official…

“Canada winning in OT has suddenly become an advocate for all things gay…”

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 7:01 PM

It was an Olympics of records.

USA – Most medals in a Winter Games

Canada – Most Gold by a host nation in a Winter Games

Canada – Most Gold in a Winter Games

In other words, my southern neighbours, North America kicked the world’s butt!

Jim708 on February 28, 2010 at 7:01 PM

The only ice Barrack knows is on his COURVOISIER.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

U.S. medals are a lesson in mediocrity.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Butt; Will they blow that off?

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I’m surpised they didn’t just give out “participant” ribbons….

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Well, they did hand out condoms to everyone last week.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

The award condoms had a colorful red and blue swoosh on them. They just had to be really careful of the pins on the back.

Yoop on February 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

“Drunk, he is”!
Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM

He might be. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen him around today. ( :

yoda on February 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Holy Sh!t! I was just surveyed on ObamaCare. I guess they really do call people!

WashJeff on February 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

One of the most amazing feelings ever.

The scene at the sports bar I was at after we tied it 2-2 with 0:24 left in the game:

http://twitpic.com/15x9f1

nickj116 on February 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Awesome game by the U.S. though. We played our hearts out. Ryan Miller is the man.

nickj116 on February 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

U.S. medals are a lesson in mediocrity.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:04 PM

You need a new dictionary.

The most medals by one nation in a Winter Games hardly falls under the term mediocrity.

Jim708 on February 28, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Well, they did hand out condoms to everyone last week.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 6:47 PM

A shortage was caused when they had to hand so many out to the hockey players…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:11 PM

WashJeff on February 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Did you get a free pap smear with that?

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

andy85719
You are a punk, now get the puck outta here!

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Ugh, when a majority of your medals come from not winning (silver and bronze), that is hardly a indication of superior performance. Sheer numbers don’t make up for poor quality. I’d rather be in Germany’s place with 10 gold medals than tied for third with Norway.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

this thread has degenerated into total nonsense; see you around

Willie on February 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

The only ice Barrack knows is on his COURVOISIER.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Sacrilege. Never let ice anywhere near Courvoisier.

ProfessorMiao on February 28, 2010 at 7:14 PM

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

I see you are suffering from being shut in too many lockes in middle school…

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

lockers–jeez

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Well…

At least Jimmie Johnson #48 won today’s NASCAR race!

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Ooh, I bet we could melt the “base” medals and use them to make cheap bronzeware and some silver flatware. Would probably make them increase in value.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Puck it all! I’m over and out.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

this thread has degenerated into total nonsense; see you around

Willie on February 28, 2010 at 7:13 PM

This is nothing. Go back an re-read yesterday’s:

“Obama to GOP: Catch the Olympic spirit and pass my giant health-care boondoggle”

Seven Percent Solution on February 28, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Those were men on that ice. Congratulations to our northern cousins. Game well played on both sides.

Mason on February 28, 2010 at 7:20 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I know that was a typo, but he does know about being stuck in lockes;
There are many locks in Canada.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Ooh, I bet we could melt the “base” medals and use them to make cheap bronzeware and some silver flatware. Would probably make them increase in value.

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:17 PM

It’s obvious that you’ve pi$$ed your family off to the extent that they sent you to the basement so you thought you would swing by HotAir so we could hate you too.

thomasaur on February 28, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Wow! If it’s any consolation to you Yanks, I haven’t had neck muscles tighten like this since the ’72 series. The game was perfection.

Canada and the US – brothers in arms on the ice.
westerncanadian on February 28, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Actually the sign read…Canada and the US -Brothers in arms, not on the ice.

Heh….Great game, I’ll soothe my tight neck muscles with a cloth soaked in warm American tears.

The Russian coach had to buy his own plane ticket home. They have some stinging penalties for Russian hockey failure.

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Night all, I’m heading for bed to get a few hours sleep before working tonight….
Great game…excellent finish to the Winter Olympics!

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:22 PM

lovingmyUSA on February 28, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Don’t think he ever got out of the lockers.

I guess the efforts of the US alpine ski team, the cross country ski team, free style ski team, long track speed skaters, short track speed skaters and bobsled teams were all for naught.

Jim708 on February 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

See you pathetic individuals on the next comment pages!

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Yoop on February 28, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Still laughing.

TXUS on February 28, 2010 at 7:23 PM

All the olympic hockey players can go back to their US NHL teams now.

LtE126 on February 28, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Better yet, let me put it this way. If each gold medal were worth an ounce of gold and each silver medal were worth an ounce of silver and each bronze medal were worth a lb of copper:

Canada – $15796.52
Germany – $11426.52
U.S. – $10360.26

andy85719 on February 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

So, do we have to drink Canadian beer now?

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Only if you are lucky…….

:)

Jim708 on February 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Personally…I’m just glad that cheapshot artist, all around poor sport and jag-ff Ovechkin didn’t win a thing.

He’s the Carlos Zambrano of hockey.

That’s good enough for me.

LtE126 on February 28, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I feel bad for the US team. It’s no big deal for Canada to win gold at hockey. But it is a very big deal for the US to win gold. The last time that happened was 30 years ago and they still refer to it as a miracle. My heart goes out to you.

keep the change on February 28, 2010 at 6:28 PM

It was a very big deal for Canada to win the gold. They have always been competitive with the US and had a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Plus, Vancouver hosted the game, so they would have been humiliated if they lost the sport they invented. Also, Canada was up for the record of most gold medals ever won during the Olympics, and this was the game. They had a lot riding on the outcome, and the US did well.

chunderroad on February 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I have two grandsons named Ryan: Future hockey stars!
I think I’ll demand my grand daughter be named Ryan for the womens Olympic Ice hockey team.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Jim708 on February 28, 2010 at 7:27 PM

My friend; I’ve had the pleasure of Grizzly Beer.

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Heh….Great game, I’ll soothe my tight neck muscles with a cloth soaked in warm American tears.

BL@KBIRD on February 28, 2010 at 7:22 PM

I hate to break it to you but Hockey isn’t very important down here, even in places like Boston. Nobody even noticed there was a NHL lockout until it finally ended. It ranks about 1 millionth in things we are willing to wrap our national ego around. Many of us lifelong hockey fans wanted to win simply to enjoy the national meltdown we would have had a chance to watch for the next 6 months just to make up for the constant booing of the National Anthem at games in Canada and the DESPICABLE treatment our children receive when playing in tournaments up there.

TheBigOldDog on February 28, 2010 at 7:32 PM

USA USA USA!

When is hockey season in the NHL? It has been years since I’ve seen an NHL game.

El_Terrible on February 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Where did the Cayman Islands hockey team rank?

Cybergeezer on February 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM

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