Posted March 04, 2013 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Sidney Crosby's overtime goal to beat the United States and win gold for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics is one of the two or three most memorable moments in the history of the sport. Nearly 35 million viewers were tuned in to watch it, roughly twice the average audience for the Masters, the Daytona 500 and the NCAA basketball finale. Yet that highlight has never been shown, even once, on a scoreboard inside a National Hockey League arena or the league's website or its TV shows - even though Crosby and then-U.S. goalie Ryan Miller are two of the NHL's biggest stars. The reason why is the beginning of the answer to a very touchy question: Will there be NHL players at the Sochi Olympics when the games begin less than a year from now? After the NHL's second work stoppage in less than 10 years, its fans have been so thrilled to get their games back - TV ratings are up, up, up across the board - that most simply assumed the ...
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