Oral history of 2010 gold-medal game

Corey Perry, Team Canada: "My roommate was [Jarome] Iginla. And then there was [Brent] Seabrook, [Marc-Andre] Fleury, [Mike] Richards, [Dany] Heatley, [Patrick] Marleau and [Martin] Brodeur, I think. It was interesting because everybody kind of gathered in ours. We had the one TV and the couches and everybody always gathered in there. It was kind of a cool setup."

Jamie Langenbrunner, Team USA: "We had three in ours: myself, Jack Johnson and Bobby Ryan. Being the older guy, I had my own room and those two shared a room.

"You know what? It was very much the same. Obviously, we knew the magnitude of that game. But when you're playing in the Olympics, every game there are nerves. Go back to the quarterfinals, where it's do-or-die, as well. Maybe it was a little more, but we'd been preparing for it the whole two weeks.

"I think, going into the Olympics, it was a very young team. Chris Drury and Brian Rafalski and I were the only Olympians. I think we did a lot of talking early on, just about being who we are and being our team. ... We'd put ourselves in this situation. We were the only team that hadn't lost a game and we played pretty well in every game.

"Going into the gold-medal game, they told us we could have moved into another [bigger] locker room. We said, 'Nah, we'll just stay in our usual locker room.' Keep with our same routine."

Brooks Orpik, Team USA: "I think being the gold-medal game, too, I think it gave you a lot less time to think about it and get nervous about it. You kind of just got up and the game was on you before you knew it. I think that was good for everybody.

"I don't think I was very nervous at all. I think the early start time had a lot to do with that."

Roberto Luongo, Team Canada: "You're nervous. It was a huge moment in my career, in my life. The good news was that it was a 12 o'clock game. You didn't have time to sit on it. You got up, you ate and you went to the rink. That was a good thing, you didn't have to sit on it all day and build up more nerves and that kind of stuff."

Joe Pavelski, Team USA: "We had the luxury of playing at noon every day in that tournament leading up to the gold-medal game, which was pretty nice. We had that same schedule every day, you didn't have to travel for pregame skates, you just stayed in your routine, wake up and walk over to get food and then walk over to the rink."

Scott Niedermayer, Team Canada: "Yeah, it's different. There's no doubt. The trick is to try not to let it be. And that's a hard thing to do. Pretty exciting getting up that day. Even the night before, you know, lying in bed knowing what's going to happen tomorrow, the opportunity and the stage and all that stuff. I had that same feeling going into a seventh game of a series or a Stanley Cup final.

"The trick is to try and stay focused and just do what you need to do to have success, what you'd done up to that point. Easier said than done.

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