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Oh. Canada.

U.S. takes silver to cap off record medal haul



    Oh. Canada.
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    Canada fans are overjoyed at their Hockey gold.

    Things couldn't have been more tense during the Gold Medal hockey game between the U.S. and Canada -- a one-point game, then a tying shot from the U.S. in the final seconds.  But in sudden-death overtime, a shot by Canada's Sidney Crosby made it through, and they won the gold.

    Jonathan Toews, the captain of the Blackhawks, scored for Canada in the first period.  The final minutes of that period saw a tense gathering of players on the ice, with Corey Perry landing a punch to Jack Johnson's head.  The refs separated the players before it went any further.

    Then, just after a power play for the U.S. ended in the second period, Perry struck again -- this time scoring Canada's second goal of the game -- making it 2-0.

    With just over 7 minutes left in the second period, Ryan Kesler got the U.S. back in the game, scoring on an assist from Patrick Kane to make it 2-1.  Both teams fought back and fourth for the rest of the period, which was scoreless.

    It looked like Canada was going to win it, until the final seconds of the third period, when Zach Parise tied it up for the U.S.

    Then, in sudden-death overtime, the U.S.'s momentum couldn't hold up.  Shot after shot went at both team's goals, but in the end, it was Canada who scored, winning it 3-2.

    The American men last defeated Canada in pool play, a feat they had not accomplished since 1960 in Olympic competition. The win placed the U.S. squarely in place to challenge Canada for a gold that had long been expected to go to the host country. 

    But it just wasn't to be.  The U.S. team took the silver.  The Americans' semifinal competitors, Finland, won the bronze medal against Slovakia Sunday morning.

    The medal win for America will put the U.S. even farther ahead in its attempt to outpace itself, inching the U.S. medal count to 37 for the Vancouver Games, a record for any country in Winter Olympic competition.

    The newest piece of hardware in the Americans' collection was won Saturday in the four-man bobsled, as Team U.S.A. brought the country's ninth gold of these Games home in the finals of the event. The bobsled win ended a more than a half-century drought for Americans in the event.

    Sunday saw competition come to a close in men's cross-country, with Norway's Petter Northug taking home the gold in the Men's 50km, followed by Germany's Axel Teichmann and Johan Olsson of Sweden. American James Southam finished in 28th place with a time of 2:10:08.3, while his teammate Kris Freeman did not finish the race.

    The Vancouver Olympics will end in traditional fashion, with a Closing Ceremonies that is expected to be filled with theatrics and a delegation of Canadian and international stars alike. American Nordic Combined skier Billy Demong will carry the flag for the U.S. at the ceremonies, an honor that came after Demong became the first American to win gold in the men's large hill event at the Games.

    The Ceremonies will air Sunday night after competition has concluded.

    All in all, the Games dominated TV ratings, finishing well ahead of the 2006 Torino Games.