Senior Manager@tlcm_16 For a Canadian, if you haven't been up since 6am getting ready to watch our Canadian boys take on Sweden for the gold medal at the Olympics I really have to question if you're feeling alright. From Nova Scotia to British Columbia and everywhere in between, bars, restaurants and public buildings like the CBC Atrium opened their doors early to accomodate all the Canucks wanting to watch in true Canadian fashion. Many even were granted special permission to serve alcohol in these early morning hours. After the Canadian women's team won gold earlier this week they had this message for the men going into their game against the USA: If anyone had a problem going into today's game it was with the referees and linesmen. All four, refs Kelly Sutherland and Brad Meier and Linesmen Derek Amell and Greg Devorski, work for the NHL and have ties to Canada (although Meier is American-born). Of the 14 officials recruited for the tournament half were NHL/North American based and half came from other leagues around the world. Swedish media is calling foul with the selections for the gold medal game, suggesting that nations in the final should be prohibited from providing officials for the game. But I'm sure all four men are professionals and know what's at stake in this situation. One thing the Canadian team definitely had going with them during the entire tournament was the amazing goaltending of Carey Price. Originally from BC, Price now plays for the Montreal Canadiens. His record going into today's game is pretty impressive with only 3 goals conceded in 242:32 minutes on the ice, with a goals against average of 0.74 per game. The first period was highlighted with Jonathan Toews scoring the first goal (and what would be become the 'Golden Goal') of the game for Canada 12 minutes and 55 seconds into play. The second period was all about continued Canadian domination. The Swedes knew going into this game that they couldn't give Canada an inch to play with or they would risk Canada scoring. This is exactly what happened when Captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of the tournament on a turnover against the Swedish goalie Henrik Ludqvist, who's record during the Olympics included six goals against coming into the gold medal game. [embed]vine.co/v/Mm1l6MiMmK0 [/embed] Canadians at the CBC Atrium reacting to Crosby scoring The third period of the game saw Canada spending a lot of time in the Swedish end. So when Chris Kunitz, the player named to the Canadian squad for his chemistry with Sidney Crosby, stole the puck from Daniel Sedin and skated over the blue-line a win against Lundqvist at the 9:04 mark of the third period seemed to be almost a forgone conclusion. When that final buzzer sounded the audience, the Canadian bench and pretty much the entire country erupted in cheers. This gold medal marks a clean Canadian sweep on team ice with the men and women dominating in hockey and curling. For many members on the Canadian squad this gold is their second in a row with a Golden win on 'home ice' in Vancouver 2010.
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