I'm glad that Canada won the hockey gold this evening. It was scripted about as well as Hollywood could come up with it, having them lose to the US in pool play, having them work their way through the draw as the sixth seed, past the Russians in the quarters, to a rematch with the US in the finals.
To top off the drama, you have a pump-fake ending, with the Canadians leading 2-1, only to have the US pull their goalie and score a tying goal with under 0:30 left. You could hear half of Canada go "Oh, &^**&!"
However, that only set up Sidney Crosby, arguable the best player on the planet, to score the winner in overtime, digging a puck out of the corner, passing it to a teammate and heading for the net for a give-and-go goal past fellow MSU alum Ryan Miller for the winner. Miller got the tourney MVP, but Canada got the gold.
Had the US gotten the gold, it would have been merely nice, a footnote along side the Night Train quartet winning the first bobsled gold for the US since the 40s and the first Nordic gold for the US in history. However, for Canada, winning their own sport on their own turf was HUGE. They will still be partying well into next month in the Great White North.
The Canadians did "own the podium" as their national sports program called it, leading the Olympics with 14 golds; the US won the overall medal count with a record 37 pieces of bling, but the Canucks done good, coming in third with 26 overall medals.
However, they Canadians did own the top part of the podium, especially in the one that mattered most to them