Canada end Games with gold

Crosby goal clinches overtime win for host nation in Vancouver

Last Updated: 01/03/10 3:26am

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Crosby: Celebrates scoring the winner in overtime

Crosby: Celebrates scoring the winner in overtime

Canada's ice hockey team gave the hosts the perfect ending to the Vancouver Games with a 3-2 win over the United States in the men's final.

Sidney Crosby's goal in overtime clinched a 14th gold for the host nation - a record for a country staging the Winter Olympics.

The Americans had threatened to spoil the party for the Canadians when they fought back from 2-0 down to force a sudden-death extra period.

After Ryan Kesler had halved the deficit, Zach Perise levelled matters with just 24 seconds remaining when he tucked in a rebound to stun the crowd.

No panic

However Canada did not panic at seeing their advantage - given to them by goals from Jonathan Toews and Corey Perry - slip away.

Fittingly it was Crosby who sealed the victory, accepting a pass from Jerome Iginla and firing home a wrist shot past US netminder Ryan Miller.

There was just one other gold to be decided on the final day of competition, Petter Northug triumphing in the men's 50 km cross-country race.

The Norwegian pipped Germany's Axel Teichmann right on the finish line to win in a time of two hours five minutes 35.5 seconds.

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