1. Golden Goal for Canada
Sidney Crosby led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup and crafted a 25-game point streak this season, but in between he pulled off an even more remarkable achievement. His overtime goal beat the U.S. and gave Canada the 2010 Olympic gold medal on home ice.
The Canadians had been upset by the U.S. in the preliminary round and so had been forced to play an extra qualification game just to reach the quarterfinals. But Crosby alleviated the angst of a nation when he rifled a shot from the left circle past Ryan Miller at 7:40 of overtime for a 3-2 victory. "You dream of this moment 1,000 times growing up," said Crosby, who also beat Switzerland in a shootout during the prelims but whose countrymen were frazzled because he had gone scoreless in the quarters and semis. "Then to have it come true is pretty amazing."
The Canadians had built an early 2-0 lead, but the U.S. forced overtime when Zach Parise converted a rebound with 24.4 seconds left and a sixth attacker on the ice. This game ended the same way it had the last time the U.S. met Canada in the Olympic final - with a Canadian victory at Salt Lake City in 2002. With no framework in place for the NHL to participate in future Olympics, Crosby’s golden moment might go untouched for generations.