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“I just tried to shoot it quick, [Iginla] bumped it out to me. I think it went five-hole, I didn’t really see it go in,” Crosby told NBC of the winner.

“I played the whole torunament aggressive, he picked up his head earlier than I thought,” Miller told the network of the game-winner.

The face of the Canadian team, Crosby had been quiet the last couple of contests, but he delivered with the biggest goal of his young career thanks to a feed from the hero of the last Canadian gold-medal team.

Canada’s deeper talent - especially the potency of their goal-scorers - was the difference, and despite a good effort by Miller and the United States, the games that started with so much turmoil for the hosts ended with a record-setting gold medal.