Oral history of 2010 gold-medal game

CANADA TAKES A 2-0 LEAD

After tense, back-and-forth action, at 12:50 of the first period, Jonathan Toews scored to give Team Canada the early lead and further stoke the fired-up crowd. Then, at 7:13 of the second period, Corey Perry fired one past Ryan Miller to make it 2-0 and it looked as though the Canadians were in charge.

Corey Perry: "It was huge. It definitely helps that it went in, but I think we were halfway through the game. There was still another half a game to play. Anything can happen.

"To score the second goal, it was special. It was a great play. I just had to make the quick shot on Miller because it was a cross-ice pass and it just found a way to get in."

Ryan Getzlaf: "At that point, you're just playing. We're playing every minute, every shift because they're doing the same thing. So it's not something that we're going to be able to relax at any moment when you're in a game like that. So, I don't ever remember feeling safe, no."

Sidney Crosby: "I think we were really comfortable. We were getting really good chances. Miller was making some good saves. We felt we had control of the game."

Ryan Miller: "I was definitely disappointed to get down. But at the same time was thinking about trying to keep everything in striking distance. Two goals isn't insurmountable ... just wanted to settle things down."

Mike Babcock: "Get the third goal. Just get the third one."

Jamie Langenbrunner: "Through the whole tournament, there was always this feeling that this was going to happen for us, that this was our time. Down 2-0, whatever it was, we never thought about [losing].

"Even against Finland, when we were up 5-0, you still don't feel comfortable. You never allowed yourself to feel comfortable.

"To me, it's one of those tournaments you have to be pumped up at every moment until that final buzzer because the teams you're playing are that good.

"I just remember thinking, 'Now we're going to have to find a way to get three on them.' It never occurred to me that it meant we were done."

Zach Parise: "It's always easy to say when a team has a great comeback that, 'Oh, we never felt we were out of it.' But, of course, it was frustrating. It was frustrating because they were doing a good job against us. We never really changed the way we played. We just kept doing what had worked for us. Eventually, we kind of chipped away and started to break them down a little bit.

"I think it's human nature in hockey, especially in a big game, I really thought that they started to be really passive. All of a sudden we were able to skate the puck in, we were able to skate the puck through the neutral zone, things we'd had trouble doing earlier in the game. All of a sudden they were backing off. I remember us saying to each other on the bench that they're backing off a little, just keep going. It's like in football, when a team goes to a prevent defense and the other team just seems to be able to move the ball down the field. That's kind of how we felt on the bench.

"You keep looking up at the clock and it's one of those things when you're down, the clock seems like it's flying and when you're winning, it seems like it's going too slow."

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