Team U.S.A.'s bid to cap its dominant Olympic performance with a gold medal in men's hockey fell short when Canada pulled off a dramatic overtime victory Sunday.
The U.S. trailed the entire game until Zack Parise of the New Jersey Devils found the back of the net as the final seconds of regulation ticked away. But in the overtime, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburg Penguins scored at 7:04 to end the game and Team U.S.A.'s hopes of reprising the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
"It's not what we wanted, but I think we gained a lot of respect," said Team U.S.A. goalie Ryan Miller, who plays for the Buffalo Sabres and was named MVP of the tournament. "Our guys came here as an afterthought to a lot of people and we just started a new trend with U.S.A. hockey."
The silver medal gave America a record 37 medals for the Vancouver games. Team America won its ninth gold medal Saturday in the four-man bobsled, ending 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.