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"He's pretty down, but there's no chance we're here without the way he played the whole tournament," Drury said. "It's heartbreaking to lose in OT of a gold-medal game, but he should be proud of everything he did the last two weeks."
Miller was done in on Sunday by a couple of costly mistakes by his typically sure-handed defensemen. The gaffes led to shots that gave the rock-solid goalie little chance to stop.
Even with an early 0-2 deficit -- the first for the Americans' in this stunning Olympic run -- Miller proved to be as brilliant as he had been throughout the tournament.
A two-goal hole was already deep for the Americans. Three would have been almost too monumental to overcome.
Miller knew it and never let it get that far. He watched from the bench after being pulled for an extra attacker and saw Parise net the goal that made it 2-2 with 24.4 seconds remaining that forced a most improbable overtime. Ryan Kesler began the comeback when he cut the deficit to 2-1 with 7:16 left in the second.
Whatever momentum was gained by Parise's exhilarating goal was mostly gone by the time the teams returned after a lengthy break before overtime.
"Once we got past about 10 minutes into the intermission we realized, 'You know what? We've still got a chance here,'" Crosby said. "We just said, 'Let's go after it.'
"I didn't want to have any regrets."
Canada was in control throughout extra time, keeping the puck in the U.S. zone and the pressure squarely on the young Americans. Their speed, the Americans' greatest strength, seemed to slow as the game wore on under the constant hitting from the much-bigger Canadians.
Crosby scored from the bottom of the left circle on a shot Miller didn't think would come.
Now, Crosby joins Lemieux -- whose goal beat the Soviet Union in the 1987 World Cup -- and Paul Henderson, who beat the Soviets with a goal in the 1972 Summit Series, among the instant national heroes of Canadian hockey. At age 22, Crosby has won the Stanley Cup and the Olympics in less than a year's time.
"He's got a little destiny to him -- his entire career, throughout minor hockey, junior hockey, NHL," Canada executive director Steve Yzerman said about Crosby. "So it's just another monumental moment in his career. And he's what, 22 still? He's a special, special guy. Kind of like Gretzky."
Minutes after the game ended, delirious fans chanted, "Crosby! Crosby! Crosby!" International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge paused before giving the final medal to Crosby as the crowd got even louder. Then he gestured with his right hand, calling for more cheers for Crosby.
"It's just fitting, I think, that Sid would get it," goalie Roberto Luongo said. "I couldn't think of anyone better."
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