Today is one of those days where our entire can rejoice on the splendor of being Canadian and living in the greatest country on Earth. I was driving home through the streets of Vancouver after we had won the game, and thousands of people were pouring into the streets dressed in their Canada gear waving their flags. People from across the country were calling in to the local sportstalk radio expressing their pride at this achievement in national unity.
I know the CBC was prepared to jump all over negative Olympic spin, or at least Evan Soloman was repeatedly on his program last week. "Dreams Dashed" read the headline at the bottom of the screen for most of his Olympic prognosticating. You may have jumped the gun on declaring the Games a failure Evan; because if you had the privilege of walking through the streets of Vancouver, of any Canadian city today, you can appreciate that sweet dreams are made of this! Never has our anthem played more on the podium than Vancouver 2010, and it will leave a permanent mark in our national pride , and Ryan Kesler you can't take that away from us!
About the game itself, I was really nervous the entire second half. Canada fell back into a "prevent" defense and just stopped trying to win races to pucks or forecheck. Once they gave up the offensive, it was all USA. Luongo was fantastic, and bore no responsibility for the second goal. Both D skated out to block the shot, did not block the shot, leaving two American forwards behind them alone with Roberto. The team came out flying in the overtime, and when Sid scored it was an outstanding experience!
Is anyone ashamed to be Canadian today? How about you Heather Mallick? It will be nice to have the entire country in such a happy mood when Parliament reconvenes.