Congratulations to the Canadian men's and women's ice hockey teams, both of which captured gold medals at the Vancouver games.
Ice hockey is about all I watched of the Olympics this year. I saw part of the first U.S./Canada game and nearly all of the second one.
I thought the U.S. was fortunate to win against Canada the first time. The Canadians looked faster and created confusion in the U.S. defense. But the U.S. team did me proud by playing a very spirited final game before losing in overtime.
The overtime had me nervous since the four on four rule gives the advantage to teams with greater individual skills. That would be Canada. Sure enough, NHL star Sidney Crosby slipped the winning goal through the five hole on U.S. goalie Ryan Miller of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
The Canadian crowd showed excellent class by lustily cheering Miller when he received his silver medal. His performance throughout the Olympics was outstanding.
It was a great performance by the U.S. team, but the better team won it.
Too bad for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone of the U.S. squad, but it was nice to see former Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle capture a gold medal.