U.S., Canada square off for gold (3)

Fifty years ago Sunday in the small resort town of Squaw Valley, Calif., the U.S. men’s hockey team won its first-ever Olympic gold medal by capping an unbeaten tournament with a victory.

This year’s team will look to repeat that moment in U.S. history when they play for the gold medal against Canada in Vancouver, as the nation’s third-ever men’s hockey gold is on the line.

The United States is the only unbeaten team in this year’s tournament, having outscored their opponents 22-6 in five straight wins — the longest an American team has gone without a loss or tie in an Olympic tournament since the 1960 squad.

Few people expected this kind of success out of this particular squad, as unlike some of the other teams in the tournament, the U.S. has only three players with previous Olympic experience, and had to rely on its young talent like Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.

“A gold medal would be unbelievable,” Kane told Sports Illustrated Friday. “It’s something you see so many athletes work so hard for. For me personally, I know I’m pretty young at 21, and I hope I’ll have a couple of more opportunities. … You mention the Olympics, you get one chance every four years. To do it this year in my first opportunity would be very special.”

“We’re very excited about the opportunity we’ve been given, with so many of us at a young age,” Jack Johnson told the magazine. “This is the most unselfish team I’ve ever played with. Every single guy on that team will lay it on the line on Sunday. Diving headfirst into shots. Getting pucks out at the blueline. No one cares who scores the goals.”

But standing in the way of perfection and the gold medal is the host Canadians, who were heavy favorites coming into the tournament and feature three Hart Trophy winners on their talent-laden roster.

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Related:

Canada will win 5-3, predicts Don Cherry

Notes:

The game begins at 3:00 pm EST — twenty minutes from now.

Update:

7:40 pm EST, February 28th, 2010 — Canada Beats United States 3-2 in Overtime in Men’s Hockey

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  • Don

    UV why would you make a stupid statement like that ??

  • beentheredonethat

    Simply too good not to share. Taliban Jack at his best (or worst). He’s close to the front right behind the lady with the dazzling smile and Canadian flag. What an attention seeker.

    http://torontoist.com/2010/02/jack_layton_wants_you_to_make_sure_you_see_him_celebrating.php

  • Undecided Voter

    Tip of the old hat to NBC for their promotion on Canada and as a friend to their country. Something Canadians wouldnt see on the Canada hating Fox network.

  • Don

    I watched the whole 2 weeks on NBC, CNBC, & MSNBC and was completely impressed with their unbiased coverage and their promotion of Canada. They had to be disappointed in the hockey outcome but you would never know it when listening to them. They were as excited and impressed as I was with the outcome of the game as well as Canada’s overall medal performance “Great Job NBC”.

  • beentheredonethat

    The closing ceremonies were pretty darn impressive. NBC’s promotion of Canada as a great country (throughout the entire games) was outstanding to say the least.

  • http://www.jacksnewswatch.com/ Mac

    The final ceremonies are pretty hilarious. I’m glad it wasn’t all glum speeches.

    Silly question… did anyone hear a word about any doping scandals? Could it be the days of steroid-enhanced performance are finally gone?

  • Pat

    The most Gold EVER in Winter Olympic history by ANYBODY!!! Hmmm? Wonder where all the doom and gloomers about “Own the Podium” are right now. Odd that they are silent.

    Got to love it. Great game and to have the Gold, the new World Record and to top it off, to have Crosby score the goal. Way, way cool!!!

  • jema54

    What a great win by a great Canadian team!! Congratulations to the Americans and Fins too.

    btdt – they only sang in English when the girls won too. I think that this must have been Mr. Campbell’s call, no need for PMSH to ‘splain PC Vancouver, let Campbell do that!

  • WCT

    Yahoo Canada EH … sure was hard on the old ticker!
    Proud to be Canadian

  • Undecided Voter

    And a tip of the old hat to the Americans who also played a wonderful game. It could have gone either way.

  • beentheredonethat

    Waahoo for Canada! Oh oh, everybody sang our anthem in english only. Let the wailing and knashing begin. An apology in order to Quebec from the PM when the HOC resumes. Liberals sure to surge ahead in the polls.

  • Cy

    GOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL
    And yes, that’s a Winter Games record!

  • Undecided Voter

    WE JUST WON GOLD WITH CROSBY MAKING THE FINAL SCORE. We now have 14 GOLDS! Butt whose counting eh. Anyone for a beer & cigar? Now if we can just find a french translator.

  • johndoe124

    3 – 3 because of a fundamental defensive mistake. If they had to play legitimate hockey in overtime I would say USA but shoot-outs are anyone’s game. Stupid way to vie for gold.

  • Undecided Voter

    Its now tied 2 -2 and going into overtime. If their all unionized, will overtime be paid at 1.5 times or double time? Just askfing.

  • Cy

    Jack’s the closest so far. 7 minutes left.

  • Joe

    Kevin Martin’s rink won curling gold! Next time I see him I’ll have to buy him a coffee.

    About those guys wearing short pants, garters and stockings looking to score, if you’re Canadian you better win.

  • beentheredonethat

    3-3 tie at the end of the 3rd. Canada wins in the shootout, the roof comes off the place.

  • http://www.jacksnewswatch.com Jack

    I’ll call it Canada — “three – one”.

    Place your bets.