Oral history of 2010 gold-medal game

"We hadn't even been in any 4-on-4 situations in the whole tournament. Canada had already played Switzerland in an overtime, so they had at least an inkling of what to do. We had to take a couple of minutes ourselves to regroup as coaches, and then we had to go in and tell them how we wanted to play 4-on-4. We hadn't even practiced it."

Ken Hitchcock: "One shot and we win a gold medal. One shot and we're going to live together forever. Keep playing the same way we're playing. Don't change a thing. That's exactly what everyone said."

Jamie Langenbrunner: "We were trying to confirm what the overtime rules were because the gold-medal game was different than the other games.

"It was a lot of talk about this is our time. Talk about how tight they would be right now and how we've got an opportunity to jump on them."

Scott Niedermayer: "I don't think I've ever given a speech of any kind, [but said something to the effect]: 'Just keep doing what we're doing. We'll get rewarded. Just believe and I feel it's in here.' Just those things. And I think everybody did believe, or maybe not everybody, but the majority of the group. Enough that that was the team's attitude and somehow it did work out."

Ryan Getzlaf: "You know what? It was a weird feeling because we still didn't have any sense of panic in our locker room whatsoever. When you're playing at that level and you look around that locker room, there's really no reason for anybody to have panic with the experience and stuff that we had in that room. I remember going in, calming down a little bit, getting the emotions back in check and getting ready to play again."

Zach Parise: "I was still on a high from scoring the goal. But at the same time, you have that feeling you want to go get that next one, too. That kind of game, it doesn't matter if you don't get the next one.

"We're trying to quickly learn a few things, how we're going to play 4-on-4. With all the skill level Canada had, that 4-on-4 kind of played to their advantage. And at the start, you kind of get back those feelings you had in the first period: You really need one shift to get into it."

Drew Doughty, Team Canada: "It's insane. You don't want to be the guy who's going to mess up. At the same time, you so badly want to be the guy who wins the game for your country. A crazy feeling. I'm not going to lie. It's probably the most nervous I ever was, in overtime of the gold-medal game. I've had other times during our Stanley Cup run where I could have been nervous, but I definitely think when I was on the ice, the most nervous time was that overtime period, knowing it was in Canada and we were supposed to win the gold medal."

Bill McCreary: "We figured it would be a really fast OT. At that stage, you just hope for what we call a clean goal. Not a goal where a guy is hooked off the puck or a trip of any type of foul that creates a turnover that leads to the goal. That certainly didn't happen.

"It ends on a good note when there isn't something that leads up to the goal that people could question later on."

Ryan Whitney: "Saying, 'We've got them -- they're all tightened up.' We kept saying, 'Let's make this whole country cry,' or something stupid like that. There were some funny things said."

David Backes: "I think we've got all the momentum. I think even after the break, we're in the room, going, 'Someone's got to be the hero. It just takes one shot.'"

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