This was the best possible way to end the Olympics for Canada.
Sidney Crosby, shut down most of the tournament, wristed a shot past Ryan Miller 7:40 into overtime after the United States tied it with 24.4 seconds left in regulation, and Canada survived a tense, taut game to beat the Americans 3-2 in the men's hockey final Sunday. It capped Canada's record gold rush in the Vancouver Games and set off a national celebration.More
VANCOUVER -- The cauldron went out even as fireworks roared, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics coming to an end after a hockey game that couldn't have been scripted better for the home team, an exclamation point on an Olympics by and for Canada that now begs a pressing question: what light did these Games shine on the Olympic movement's unique place in our world?
The 2010 Games wound to a close amid what organizers billed as "warm, happy, fun-filled ... Canadian good-bye," the capacity crowd at BC Place given moose-antler head-gear to wear while rocking out to a dapper and hatted Neil Young -- he played "Long May You Run" -- and, later, to stars such as Avril Lavigne and Nickelback.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge formally closed the Games after declaring them "excellent and very friendly."