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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing and all going well, we could see both of Team Canada’s Hockey Teams arrive home with the gold. It’s fair to say that we have experienced some nail-biting moments as hockey fans down through the years at the Winter Olympics – from Crosby’s goal in overtime at the 2010 games in Vancouver to our impressive 2002 victory against the U.S.A in Salt Lake City.
We take a look back in history to bring you five of the most memorable Canadian Olympic hockey moments of all time – both good and bad.
1932 – U.S.A vs. Canada Triple Overtime
Playing the gold medal game outdoors in Lake Placid, New York, the American and Canadian men battled through six periods of play, deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation. As darkness fell, the game was actually called off, giving Canada the title based on their overall tournament record.
1994 – Sweden Steals the Show
Arguably one of the most dramatic goals in Olympic history, Swede Peter Forsberg shattered the hearts of many Canadians with his stunning cross-body feint in the seventh round of the 1994 shootout. Sweden carried on to win its first Olympic gold medal.
1998 – Czech Goaltender Hasek Dominates
With just over a minute left in their 1998 semi-final match with the Czech Republic, Team Canada found themselves down 1-0 and in need of a late equalizer. Trevor Linden managed to get an important goal past Czech goaltender Dominik Hašek which led to overtime and eventually, a shootout. Unfortunately, Team Canada went on to lose (with Wayne Gretzky famously not selected as one of five players to shoot).
2002 – Joe Sakic’s Goal
Super Mario’s famous pass led to the opening goal of the 2002 gold medal match, but it was another heroic Canadian who would seal the win. With Team Canada up 4-2 in the final few minutes, “Burnaby Joe” Sakic made a very impressive deke on American goalie Mike Richter. It was his second goal and fourth point of the game, locking up Canada’s first men’s Hockey gold medal in 50 years.
2010 – Sidney Crosby’s Goal
Possibly one of the most memorable moments in Canadian Olympic history, Sidney Crosby‘s gold medal-clinching goal versus the USA in the Vancouver 2010 finals will never be forgotten. Team Canada led 2-1 with only 30 seconds separating them from the gold medal, when the USA equalized and forced overtime. Just over seven and a half minutes into OT, Crosby buried a goal into the net and sealed Canada’s 2nd gold medal in the NHL era.
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