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Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

Posted on: February 28, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2010 8:14 pm
By Ina Fried

Editor's Note: Ina has been in Vancouver for two weeks following the Olympics for and CNET. She has one thing left to do -- watch USA vs. Canada at the Molson Canadian Hockey House and provide live updates all game (rough job, huh?) Get all your updates here: (You can also chat live with our hockey experts)

Well, that was fast, Molson already has a gold medal T-shirt available.

Meanwhile outside the hockey house hundreds mopre fans are watching on the big screen. The crowd can still be heard a football field way at the Sochi House, a pavilion celebrating the Russian city that will host the next games.

"I feel like a million bucks," said Osachoff, the investment advisor who earlier had his heart half-broken. "I could not be prouder to be a Canadian," he said.

OT 13:00 -- Absolute bedlam in Molson Hockey House as Canada gets the gold. Crosby scores the game-winner. CANADA 3, USA 2

OT 15:45 -- Four minutes gone by in overtime in this destined to be classic game. Canada has just had several great chances that had the crowd ready to celebrate.

OT 17:50 --
It's Four on four. Every heart is pounding. Cowbells sure, but nervous cowbells. As US ices the puck. The crowd breathes for the first time in a minute and 11 seconds.

Overtime --
CTV showed a clip of the Canadian that just missed a gold earlier in cross-country. That was not a clip the crowd wanted to see. "Too soon," yelled one crowd member.

0.0 --
End of regulation 2-2. We will have a full intermission then a 20 minute sudden death overtime. Then, if still tied, a shootout. "My heart just got half broken," said Osachoff. "We're going to piece it together when this game ends and Canada wins."

24.4 --
And the crowd is stunned. 25 seconds from gold and the U.S. scores. Zach Parise knocked it in. USA 2, CANADA 2

54.8 -- Crowd is jumping.

1:17 -- The U.S. net is empty.

2:00 -- Two minutes to go and Coach Ron Wilson will have to decide when to pull Miller. "We want gold," screams the Molson crowd. The screams are constant now.

3:01 -- Crosby had a breakway that could have sealed it. But Miller keeps the U.S. in it with less than three minutes to go. This place is ready to explode.

4:42 -- The crowd is stomping so hard the floor is shaking as "The final countdown" plays during the commercial time out, followed by "We will rock you."

4:54 -- The U.S. is firing at Luongo but he is stopping everything the U.S. can muster. With less than five minutes to go, Miletich is no longer so calm. "Come on you guys," Miletich said. "We need another goal. "

7:45 -- Just how important is this game here? "It's the most important thing you can imagine right now in this country," said Dan Osachoff of Vancouver. What will happen if Canada wins? "We will riot in the streets." If the unspeakable happens? "We're going to go home and cry," Osachoff said.

10:00 -- Ten minutes to go and the cowbells and cheers are getting louder with each save, blocked shot or clear. The Canadian crowd can practically taste gold. "Oh yeah," said Judi Miletich. "We got the gold."

11:30 -- The crowd at Molson Hockey House watches intently as Canada tries to hang on to a 1-goal lead.

16:00 -- But win or lose you get the feeling this raucous crowd is going to help tear down the tent that is housing the Molson Hockey House.

20:00 -- Twenty minutes to go for the gold medal. Team Canada has the home crowd and a one-goal lead.

Editor's Note: For the final period we will post time remaining on the game clock. ENJOY!

4:48 p.m. ET -- CTV shows another series of crowd shots, this time including Molson Hockey House, Robson Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver and Kandahar, Afghanistan, where Canadian troops are stationed.

4:47 p.m. ET -- Second intermission and their playing the hockey song-the puckhead equivilent to "Take me out to the ball game." "The best game you can name is a good ol hockey game," the crowd sings. And of course, they change "The home team wins" to "Canada wins."

4:40 p.m. ET -- With a minute to go Canada had a one-on-none but couldn't convert. The U.S. had a late rush too but couldn't convert and the period ends 2-1.

4:37 p.m. ET -- Three and a half to go and the U.S. nearly ties it. "That's not cool, you guys," said Nathan Harland of Toronto.

4:28 p.m. ET -- U.S. scores to cut lead in half, needless to say no corresponding confetti or cheers at Molson. CANADA 2, USA 1

4:22 p.m. ET -- The U.S. had some golden opportunities on its power play and in the ensuing couple of minutes but Luongop stood tough and keeps it a 2-0 game.

4:20 p.m. ET -- That goal seems to have energized the Molson crowd, which was loudly cheering "Go Canada Go" until Canada picked up a penalty giving US its second power play.

4:17 p.m. ET -- Canada scores just after killing penalty and confetti flies again. Crowd even noisier (perhaps because they have one more period of beer in them). CANADA 2, USA 0

4:14 p.m. ET -- A beach ball is being batted around but it's bad timing. Everyone is way too focused on the game. Meanwhile the U.S. Has killed the penalty and almost immediately the U.S. goes on the power play as Staal called for interference.

4:11 p.m. ET -- Canada will get another power play, its second of the game. Penalty is on Malone for high sticking. Key penalty kill for the U.S. early in 2nd.

4:10 p.m. ET -- The band wraps up just as the puck drops for the second period.

3:55 p.m. ET -- "One is the loneliest number, but it's better than zero," Shaun Verreault says as his band comes back on to play during the first intermission.

3:52 p.m. ET -- The horn sounds and Canada goes into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead as Luongo makes two key stops in the last 30 seconds. Canada had 10 shots and the US 8.

3:48 p.m. ET -- Under two minutes to go, US has killed the penalty and both teams are skating at full strength still 1-0 Canada.

3:44 p.m. ET -- With a one goal lead, Canada gets the first power play of the game.

3:40 p.m. ET -- Canada scores as horn sounds and confetti falls here at Molson. CANADA 1, USA 0

3:35 p.m. ET -- US had a great chance, puck got by Luongo but defenseman kept it from going across the line as we hit the midway point of the first period.

3:33 p.m. ET -- More chances each way, but Miller and Luongo up to the task. Still scoreless with nearly 9 minutes gone in the first period.

3:30 p.m. ET -- CTV pans to a live shot from here at Molson and from Wayne Gretzky's restaurant in Toronto, all packed.

3:29 p.m. ET -- Just over 5 minutes in, chances each way. Crowd at Molson is living and dying with each shot, turnover, check or save.

3:22 p.m. ET -- And we're under way. Huge cheers half a minute in as Canada gets a couple early shots.

3:13 p.m. ET -- Now on stage is speedskater François -Louis Tremblay , five-time medal winner including a gold medal at these games.That leads to a singing of the national anthem at Molson. Their anthem, not mine. Guess we'll hear that later. I'm kidding. I'm objective. Now there's confetti everywhere. And it's just about time to go to the game

3:03 p.m. ET -- Wide Mouth Mason is wrapping up and getting the crowd ramped up for the game. "We want the same color as beer," said lead singer and guitarist Shaun Verreault.

2:08 p.m. ET -- It's just over an hour til game time. They are passing out "Go Canada Go" thundersticks--those inflatable tubes you bang together, as if we needed anything to make things louder.

Plus, I can't believe I didn't hear about this sooner, but there's an iPhone app that plays a Cowbell noise when you shake it. "I just downloaded it from the App store this week, said Sonny Magon of Vancouver. Magon also has an air horn.

Meanwhile the folks sitting next to me are using beer to put on their maple leaf flag temporary tattoos. Well, it is the Molson Canadian Hockey House.

Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at:


Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 3:38 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

I am not a very big fan of hockey but i actually enjoyed watching that game with that great ending

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2010 1:11 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

Well driller, I can't say as though that comment wasn't indeed in bad taste. However, if you look at the first few posts I think you can see how this whole thing started. The person who said that is probably tired of the "anti-americanism" just as I am. As I said before, just because you hop over the border, doesn't mean you turn into something different. Have you ever been to America by the way? Have you ever sat down with an average American and hd dinner with one of us. I think you'll find that we are pretty easygoing and not much different than you Canadien folks. And I'm nottrying to start another debate, but one of the things I CAN say about Americans is that for the most part we sure don't sit around criticizing other nations nearly as much as we have to listen to it coming back our way. It gets old my friend.

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:26 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

Sorry meant comment above about how we should change our anthem.

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:25 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

Rocket00 check out the comment below to see why the rest of the world thinks Americans are arrogant.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:44 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

I don't think by any stretch of the imagination that a 1 goal victory in overtime by a team whose whole country is counting on to win shows me any kind of superiority. Tell you what in London i'll give you Canada and 30 points against the U.S.A. in basketball and they'll show you superiority. While your at it change the words of your anthem. Instead of "God keep our land free" you should change it to "U.S.A. keep our land free" because if it wasn't for your neighbors to the south you wouldn't be free.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:33 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

You know, you would think hockey would be able to bring Americans and Canadians together but instead we resort to name calling. How childish is that? And anyway, why is it that we Americans are all of the suddend "arrogant"? I watch things on BBC and youtube and when someone in another country addresses and American it's like a compliment for them to tell us that " really aren't arrogant at all!!!". You do realize that the soil we are born on doesn't predispose us to massive character flaws don't you? Our blood is red, we put our pants on the same way others do. We work, We pay bills. We enjoy sports. We love our kids and families. What average American have you ever talked to that gave you them impression that all of us were arrogant? So jump over that 5500 mile line to the south and suddendly you trn into a jerk?

Congrats on the gold Canada. As a Hawks fan, it's nice to see a lot of the guys medaling.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:15 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

Please tell me your kidding.  This is your national pastime and the US beat you once and took you to OT the second time.  You were the overwhelming favorites and the US did a phenomenol job in this game and have nothing to be ashamed of.  Your comment, however, is an embarassment.  The Olympics are over and the USA completely dominated every event.  They should be proud of the way they went on to a foreigh soil and performed.

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:06 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada

perhaps you should read my other comment? i guess i didn't see any smack talk. it seems like your the one talking crap.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2010 6:03 pm
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Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2010 5:57 pm

Live Blog from Vancouver: USA vs. Canada


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