It’s the kind of thing that will stick with them for decades, maybe forever.
They had it, these Canadian boys. They had it for sure. Up 3-0 going into the final period, everybody doing their jobs, everyone looking good.
Gold’s going to feel good.
But Russia had other plans. They shifted into another gear, scored three goals in under five minutes to tie it, and finally, in a comeback of stunning proportions, the Russians came all the way back with a late goal to win and earn the right to sink their teeth into those precious gold medals.
One team on top of the world, the other – stunned and shocked.
The Canadian players will surely toss and turn tonight, and a sickening feeling will stick in their guts as they make their way back to their regular teams throughout the land. Any loss sucks. But this one will be the granddaddy of them all for most.
What just happened?
Canada let the Russians collect momentum and the train couldn’t be stopped once it got rolling.
It just goes to show that it’s never over until it’s over, that no lead is safe, that you can’t take your foot off the petal.
I’m still proud of our Canadian boys, of course. The way these young men play the game is always a marvel to see, year after year. You see them in their street clothes and they could be any high school student anywhere. But put a hockey uniform and skates on them and they turn into magicians, playing almost as if they’re NHLers. Their parents must be very proud.