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Posted at 10:14 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Sidney Crosby's shootout goal saves a nation

...okay, maybe the headline's a little dramatic. But just imagine if Canada hadn't pulled out a shootout victory against the Swiss. From the AP:

Sidney Crosby scored the only goal of a shootout in which an entire nation of nervous Canadians hung on every shot, giving Canada a 3-2 victory over Switzerland on Thursday and avoiding a second inconceivable loss to the Swiss in as many Olympics.
Canada, a huge favorite despite a 2-0 loss to Switzerland in 2006 that ranks among the greatest upsets in Olympic history, took a two-goal lead early in the second. But the Swiss, with two NHL players to Canada's 23, came back to tie it on second period goals by Ivo Ruthemann and Patrick von Gunten.
After a scoreless third period in which Canada outshot the Swiss 18-3 and a five-minute overtime, the first three shooters for each team in the shootout failed before Crosby finally scored.

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