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USA-Canada live thread
Posted by Bob Condotta
WHAT AN AMAZING GAME --- Sorry for some technical issues there but sure you all know by now that Canada pulled it out 3-2 in OT at 7:20 in on a goal by Sidney Crosby.
Said Crosby: "I didn't see it go in the net, I just heard everybody screaming.''
The US players said it didn't make them feel a lot better that they went into OT and played Canada to a standstil.
"We were confident going into it that being an important game going into overtime that we were goinig to win. It just didn't happen.''
STILL NO SCORE SEVEN IN --- Miller a great save on a Nash shot a minute ago as Canada has kept the pressure on.
NO SCORE THROUGH THREE MINUTES --- Of OT. US has the only official shot.
AND REMEMBER --- 4-on-4 in OT to encourage scoring.
WOW --- What a game, huh? Really, US is playing better in this one than it did a week ago, and you wonder if it will have the momentum, and younger legs, to ride out the OT to a win.
And you think back to the breakaway Crosby had with just over three minutes left that he couldn't convert. He lost control of the puck and didn't really get off a good shot against Miller.
He hasn't had a great Olympics and that could be long-remembered here if Canada doesn't pull this out.
CANADA HAS OT EXPERIENCE --- Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout earlier in the tournament. That one featured a five-minute OT and then a shootout, which Crosby won on Canada's fourth shot. US has not had any OTs in the tournament.
CROWD STUNNED --- Everyone here on their feet counting down the seconds expecting gold to come. But US was on the attack with the goalie out and wore down Canada.
Canada has a 32-31 edge in shots, indicative of the closeness of this game.
OT --- A 20-minute sudden death OT will follow after a 15-minute intermission.
TO OVERTIME --- US scores at 24.4, Parise on a rebound of a Kane shot with US having pulled the goalie.
FANS ON FEET -- Under a minute.
US PULLS GOALIE --- At about 1:30 and calls timeout at 1:17.
CANADA COUNTING IT DOWN --- Crosby was stopped on a breakaway at about 3:20 keeping US in it. But Canada still leads with under two and fans can feel it now.
DOWN TO SIX MINUTES --- Still 2-1. Canada with 6-5 edge in shots this period.
MORE SLOPPY US PLAY --- TO by Kane in own end led to two good Canada shots, but Miller the sprawling save and game still 2-1 at 9:40.
OFFICIAL SHOTS UPDATE --- Tied 2-2 this period.
STILL 2-1 --- With eight gone in third.
STILL 2-1 CANADA --- Five minutes in. Canada mostly the one putting on the pressure so far this period.
AND ANOTHER OFF THE POST --- By Pronger at about 18:30.
SHOT BY CANADA'S WEBER OFF POST -- Almost a 3-1 lead.
THIRD PERIOD UNDERWAY -- US with an early shot.
ONE THING WE KNOW ABOUT US TEAM --- Is that it won't quit. Canada has had a tendency to lapse at times once ahead in this tournament. That would seem unlikely today, but e.down just 2-1, it would only take one, and then anything is possible.
LUONGO WITH 1.75 GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE IN LAST THREE GAMES --- That's since replacing Broduer following US loss. So if he sticks with that, US in trouble.
LUONGO THE DIFFERENCE --- US has as many shots today through two periods as it had last time in the entire game. But Luongo is making the stops where Broduer struggled last time.
Shots tied 15 in second as it was faster-paced than first period, which was 10-8 Canada.
SECOND PERIOD ENDS CANADA AHEAD 2-1 -- Shot total now is Canada 25-23.
US WITH 22-21 EDGE IN SHOTS FOR GAME --- Canada had 45-23 edge in first game.
MILLER 17 SAVES ON 19 SHOTS --- At the 4:23 mark of second, Canada still up 2-1. US has controlled much of action last five minutes or so.
USA WITH 11-9 EDGE IN SHOTS IN SECOND --- At the 5:42 mark.
GOAL BY KESLER --- Who deflected it in a pass from Kane that Luongo got his body on b
ut the puck rolled in the net. Kesler plays for Canucks.
US GOAL AT 7:16 --- Makes it 2-1.
INTENSE ACTION --- As much pushing and shoving in this game as any throughout the tournament, which makes sense. But players ejected for fighting so everything so far has stopped short of punches. Canada still up 2-0 at 8:24.
CANADA KILLS PENALTY --- Johnson had another good shot but Luongo is playing great. He's the difference from the first game.
US WITH A GOOD SHOT IN FRONT OF NET --- Erik Johnson got it deep but another save by
Luongo. Still 2-0 at 10:11.
CHANCE FOR US --- Penalty on Canada's Toews for tripping at 11:35 of second.
MILLER TIME IS OVER --- That's what a sign reads in the stands, alluding to Ryan Miller's success so far in tourney.
CANADA WITH 2-0 LEAD --- At 12:47 goal comes from Corey Perry.
CANADA KILLS PENALTY --- Fans like that. Intensity in building beginning to pick up.
SHOTS ON GOAL UPDATE --- Officially Canada 10-8 in first and 4-3 through first six of second.
CANADA GOOD AT KILLING PENALTIES --- Canada killed 15 of 17 penalties in tournament.
US KILLS PENALTY --- A couple good shots by Canada but Miller saved it. And now a penalty on Canada's Staal for interference at 15:19. Still 1-0 Canada.
CANADA AGAIN ON POWER PLAY --- Second of game. Penalty on Malone of US. Canada has not had a penalty.
SECOND PERIOD UNDER WAY --- Hard feelings at end of first as US's Johnson and Getzlaf had to be separated, but no punches thrown. US has not been behind until now so we'll see how they respond.
CANADA LEADS 1-0 AT END OF FIRST PERIOD --- And has a 10-7 edge in shots.
CANADA REMAINS AHEAD 1-0 WITH ONE MINUTE LEFT --- Luongo strong in goal for Cat anada fending off a couple good US attempts. Big difference from first game when Broduer didn't play well.
CANADA TAKES 1-0 LEAD --- Goal by Toews at 7:10 when US couldn't clear it out of its own zone. First time US has trailed in the tournament. US then killed a penalty incurred by Bobby Ryauiln so game remains 1-0 with three minutes left.
I have real tough working conditions here so this is going to be a hard one to do to usual standards, but I will chip in as logistics allow and feel free to comment.
CROWD ON ITS HANDS --- Having attended most of the sessions here, can say that so far, really no louder than for any normal game. Crowd waiting for something to happen.
STILL 0-0 NINE MINUTES IN --- US scored in first meeting 41 seconds into the game to put Canadians on their heels. Shots tied at 2.
CANADIANS CHECKING HARD --- A couple hard checks into the boards have drawn the loudest cheers so far.
AND WE'RE OFF --- Three minutes in, US with a 2-1 shot edge. Crowd loud but seemingly nervous, as well.
OFFICIALS TAKE THE ICE --- The four game officials just skated onto the ice. They are assigned by the International Hockey Federation, and word is three of them are Canadian and one is from Finland.
THE GREAT ONE ALSO IN THE HOUSE --- As might be expected, Wayne Gretzky is also here, sitting right behind Donald Sutherland.
HOW KEY WILL PENALTIES BE? --- Interesting to note that no player on either team ranks among the top 13 in penalties in the tournament.
OHNO IN THE HOUSE --- Told that Apolo Ohno and his entourage just arrived.
DONALD SUTHERLAND IN THE HOUSE --- The noted Canadian actor has been just about everywhere in Vancouver during the games, and he's here today, sitting a few rows back of where we are in the auxiliary press area. No sign of Boone's girlfriend, however.
WARMUP OVER --- The teams are off the ice following the warmup. 17 minutes to game time as I write this. Beginning to get loud in here. Most games here have been late-arriving, and there is a lot of security here today --- the Prime Minister of Canada expected to be in attendance. But an awful lot of fans already in their seats.
PRE-GAME --- I'm at the arena for what is being called the biggest sporting event in Canadian history.
There's the proverbial sea of red everywhere you look --- only thing I can compare it to in that regard is a Nebraska football game, though the atmosphere here is at a much more fevered pitch.
I'll blog live as well as I can throughout the game but the logistics are a little tricky. So much interest in this game that a lot of media is being moved upstairs and I'm working out of just a seat in the upper deck, laptop literally on my lap.
The teams just took the ice, and here's what it looks like from my perch:
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