The stakes don’t get any higher than battling for the Winter Games’ arguably biggest prize, on home ice, against eternal rivals the United States.
And it’s hard to imagine it ending in a more dramatic fashion.
Do you remember where you were?
It’s a moment virtually anyone in Metro Vancouver will answer ‘yes’ to as they reflect on Canada’s win in the 2010 men’s Olympic hockey gold medal game. And it happened six years ago today.
By the second period, Canada had a 2-0 lead on goals by Jonathan Tows and Corey Perry. But former Canuck Ryan Kesler, playing on home ice, struck back for the Americans to cut the lead to 2-1 and setting up an edge-of-your seat third period.
And that’s when things got Really tense.
With just 90 seconds left, the U.S. pulled goalie Ryan Miller for an extra attacker – and after pouring it all on in wave after wave of attacks, Zack Parise broke through to force overtime.
Eight minutes into the extra frame, Canada’s golden boy of hockey proved he was exactly that – taking a feed from Jarome Iginla and slotting the puck five-hole past Miller.
The arena, the city, and the country all erupted all at. Cheering, honking, and high-fiving fans poured into the streets creating a moment that will live on forever as one of Canada’s biggest Olympic moments – and the perfect cap to the 2010 Vancouver games.