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Men's Hockey: USA-Canada gold medal updates

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 28, 2010 02:41 PM

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OVERTIME (20:00)

It's over. Canada wins gold. Crosby pots winner at 7:40 of OT. Canada, 3-2 With sides skaitng 4-on-4, Iginla and Crosby have possession on left wing wall. After dishing to Iginla, Crosby moves into circle, yelling that he's headed to net and Iginla wastes no time feeding his way. Without stopping the puck, Crosby makes quick sweep of 10-footer that goes through Miller's pads. Ecstatic Crosby tosses away gloves and stick and is mobbed by teammates as Canada Hockey Place erupts. Tremendous game.
Playing time: 2 hours, 33 minutes.

Canada getting great chances....Iginla, Heatley, Nash over a two-minute span.

Play has resumed, each side allowed four skaters.

THIRD PERIOD

End of 60:00: Tied, 2-2. Headed to OT.
Shots in regulation: Canada, 32-31.
19:35 -- Parise ties it, 2-2, for USA. Pots forehander at top of crease after Kane sends in wrister from right circle. USA with extra attacker on ice for Miller. Canada's Weber, Niedermayer and Getzlaf all around crease, unable to prevent the tenacious Parise from sweeping puck by Luongo's right pad. Clock reads 24.4 seconds to go.
During time out, USA opts for different four-man line with Miller out of cage. Wilson puts out Parise, Pavelski, Kane and Langenbrunner, backed by Suter and Rafaski.
19:05 -- Canada calls time out prior to faceoff in its end.
18:43 -- Yanks call timeout after a whistle.
Yanks spring Kessel over boards as extra skater, Miller out with 1:28 to go.
Miller turns back Crosby with 3:14 to go, Sid the Kid barreling in from own blue line with Kane in pursuit. Crosby doesn't get off good shot because of Kane's hectoring. Canada still in front, 2-1.
Yanks are about four minutes from pulling Miller for extra attacker.
With 5:05 left in regulation, Luongo stops Rafalski's short snap shot from right wing circle. Nice dish by Kane.
With 7:24 to go, Canada still out front, 2-1.
Two good chances by US, Suter at 6:00 and Kesler at 6:38. Hanging tough, finding ways to create good chances. Energy from young legs could be big edge in final 10 minutes.
4:11 -- Kesler and Getzlaf jaw at each other on way to benches.
Weber and Pronger each hit posts in opening 1:35.

SECOND PERIOD
Score after 40:00: Canada, 2-1.
Shot after two periods: Canada, 25-23.
19:07 -- Staal collects home run pass, breaks in a one and misfires high and wide on Miller.
17:25 -- Richards skulls forehand at right post off of juicy feed from Nash. It's a two-goal lead if he gets full blade on shot.
16:25 -- Suter jams at crase, moving down low from defense. USA defensemen to get more active?
15:37 -- Miller stops Weber blast without seeing it, dropping to knees and fanning out glove. Shots goes in web and then Miller reacts.
US cuts lead in half, 2-1, at 12:44. Kesler rushes to net and provides tip of Kane wrister from right wing. Deflected puck squeezes in under Luongo's right arm. NHL has to use these in-net cameras. Fabulous pictures.
Around 10:00 mark, captains Langenbrunner and Niedermayer exchange gruelling crosschecks in front of Luongo, with Langenbrunner refusing to yield right to fight for ground with USA on attack. Best display of grit to this point. And the referees let the rough stuff go.
Canada keeps up practice of easily clearing zone when USA on PP. Knock puck out of defensive end four times in just over one minute.
Penalty-- Canada, Toews (tripping), 8:25.
Canada bumps lead up to 2-0 at 7:13. Getzlaf pushes backhand pass into slot from left wing and Perry mashes in forehnader from top of crease. Initial pass, intended for Marleau, not cut off by Whitney.
Canada clears puck out of own zone five times, USA frustrated on advantage.
Penalty -- Canada, Staal (interference), 4:41.

FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 in the books. Canada with 1-0 lead.
Shots: Canada 10, USA 7.

Staal leads all shooters with three shots on net for period.
Top ice time for USA: Suter (7:23).
Top ice time for Canada: Keith (8:00).
No one on either side logged less time than Boston's Patrice Bergeron (0:29).
It took 32 minutes to play the period. Tremendous two-way action with few stops.

Period ends with Jack Johnson jawing and pushing with Getzlaf after Johnson nails Perry with hit at horn.
Strong PK for USA. Staal gets one good crack at it around 15:45 but Miller handles short backhander.
Penalty, US, Ryan, tripping (Heatley), 14:02
12:50 -- Canada, 1-0. Toews collects Morrow rebound and pots doorstep forehander at right post, out of reach of Miller's glove hand.
9:51 -- Puck nearly bleeds over line for US lead after Brown turns corner on Doughty low on left wing and attempts forehand stuff on Luongo. Keith protects puck from going over line.
Around the 8:00 mark, Thornton engages in heavy checking in USA zone.
Dynamic pace in opening six minutes.
4:38 -- Malone shovels short backhander on Luongo. Good penetration for Yanks.
4:20 -- Doughty nearly makes it 1-0 Canada with chance down low off of Staal feed.
2:25 -- Nice Callahan hit on Seabrook in Canada's end.


Two minutes from puck drop. Miller in net for USA, Luongo for Team Canada

Warmups complete.

Team Maple Leaf defenseman last to leave the ice at noon.

The Yanks have just skated on to the ice here at Canada Hockey Place. Canadian players can be seen gathering outside their room, about to skate out for the pre-game warmup.
Warmups are scheduled to end on the hour.
We are about a half-hour from puck drop.

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