Canada vs. U.S.: 5 games for the ages

BRUCE GARRIOCH

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JANUARY 1991, SASKATOON WORLD JUNIOR ROUND-ROBIN

Canada 4, U.S. 4

With Peterborough coach Dick Todd behind the bench and Eric Lindros in the lineup, Mike Craig scores the tying goal on the power play with less than five minutes left in the third to salvage a tie for Canada. A loss would have ended our hopes for gold, which we went on to capture.

SEPTEMBER 1996, MONTREAL WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY FINAL

U.S. 5, Canada 2

Playing in the tourney that replaces the Canada Cup, the Canadians are heavily favoured on home soil. But U.S. coach Ron Wilson does a solid job with the likes of John LeClair and Brett Hull. Trailing 2-1 going into the third and getting solid goaltending from Mike Richter, the Americans stun the Canadians.

JANUARY 1997, GENEVA WORLD JUNIOR GOLD-MEDAL GAME

Canada 2, U.S. 0

Those who were in the building call this one a classic finish. The Americans go 3-0-1 in the round-robin, but Canada is a mediocre 2-0-2. The U.S. is favoured to win gold, but the Canadians, with Joe Thornton, Chris Phillips and Daniel Briere, put it all together when it counts.

FEBRUARY 2002, OLYMPICS WOMEN'S GOLD-MEDAL GAME

Canada 3, U.S. 2

Canada doesn't allow a goal in the preliminary round, and the U.S. allows just one. In the final, the American referee gives the U.S. 13 power plays (to four for Canada). But the Canadians overcome the homer officiating and Jayna Hefford scores the winner.

February 2002, Olympics

MEN'S GOLD-MEDAL GAME

Canada 5, U.S. 2

Coach Herb Brooks is brought back for another Miracle on Ice, but this time he had an American Dream team. However, Team Canada isn't going to be stopped. With a lucky loonie buried at centre ice, Pat Quinn coaches a star-studded team, including MVP Joe Sakic, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux, to gold.


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