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Friday 19 September 2014

In Pictures: Crosby claims golden moment as Canada beat USA

Canada 3 USA 2

Canada's Sidney Crosby enabled the ice hockey team to put the crowning finish on the host nation's Winter Olympic campaign with the sudden death overtime winning goal that secured a 3-2 victory over the USA.

After a final weekend of action brought gold in the men's curling, three in short track speed skating and another in snowboarding, Canada also got to salute the one victory that meant most to the hockey-mad hosts and fittingly the winner came from Crosby.

Just a few hours before the closing ceremony Canada Hockey Place had erupted into noisy celebration as goals from Jonathan Toews in the first period and Corey Perry in the second put the home side in front in a tight encounter against the American underdogs.

Then came the fightback as USA's Ryan Kesler scored late in the second period to bring the score to 2-1 and set up a nailbiting third and final period that saw Canada forced to defend for long spells as the Americans went in search of an equaliser.

They got it with 24 seconds left, through Zach Parise to send the game into sudden-death overtime, only for Crosby to grab the glory 7:40 in.

The USA had been chasing its first men's ice hockey gold medal since the 'Miracle' team of 1980 defeated the Soviet Union en route to a gold-medal victory over Finland at Lake Placid, while the Canadians were looking to repeat their victory over USA in the 2002 final in Salt Lake City.

The first goal came after 12 minutes and 50 seconds when USA keeper Ryan Miller blocked a shot from Mike Richards only for the puck to fall in front of Toews who blasted home from the rebound.

Ryan Getzlaf cut back from the left for Perry to shoot high into the net past Miller for a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the period.

The USA got a goal back as Patrick Kane centred to Kesler whose shot came off Vancouver team-mate Roberto Luongo's body and hit the net.

USA made one last rally for a leveller, taking Miller out of goal with 1:27 left. The gamble worked as Parise equalised with just 24 seconds to go.

With 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime ahead Canada regrouped and came out attacking with Jarome Iginla and Crosby both forcing saves from close range and Nash testing Miller from further out. Crosby, fed by Iginla, grabbed the winner to send Canada into raptures.

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