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On Sunday, Sidney Crosby(notes) captured the gold medal in Olympic hockey for Canada, defeating Team USA with an overtime game-winning goal. On Tuesday night, he went back to being a Canadian player competing in an American city as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins; his U.S. fans, however, still had their hearts in Vancouver.

The Olympians for the Penguins and the visiting Buffalo Sabres were announced before the game, and Crosby was given a standing ovation ... one that was eclipsed by the thunderous, lengthy cheer given to Team USA goalie Ryan Miller, who didn't play for Buffalo in its 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh.

The scars of the U.S. defeat to Canada bubbled to the surface again later, according to the AP:

There was a mixed reaction when a replay of Crosby's game-winning goal was shown on the Mellon Arena scoreboard, with some cheering but also audible booing. Later in the game, when the replay was shown again during a break in play, there were noticeably more boos than cheers.

Video of the Penguins tribute; no idea why they'd show the game-winning goal highlight for Sidney to a U.S. crowd. Total downer:

Ryan Miller(notes) was asked before the game if he expected to hear cheers in a visiting arena after his Olympic heroism.

"That'd be a first. I usually hear my name in other ways. It's nice that the Olympics can kind of help bring that out of the crowds in the NHL," said Miller to reporters (via PensTV). "It's not about one team all the time; it's about the sport."

Not only did Crosby lose the lovefest in Pittsburgh -- if only for a night -- but it appears he's also lost some important equipment from his golden moment in Vancouver.

From Canwest:

The stick Sidney Crosby used to score the gold-medal winning goal in overtime against the United States on Sunday in the men's hockey final and the gloves he was wearing cannot be found and Hockey Canada is investigating the matter.

The equipment went missing after the Canadian players shed their gear to celebrate on the ice at Canada HockeyPlace. "There was quite a jubilation celebration going on on the ice," HockeyCanada's executive vice-president of hockey operations Johnny Misley said in a telephone interview. "The equipment was all collected from all those athletes and that one player's [equipment] just wasn't among them."

Of course, the theft of hockey-historic gear is old (stolen) hat for Sid The Kid. In 2005, the jersey from his IIHF world juniors victory over Russia was stolen from his hockey bag by an Air Canada employee before being recovered by Montreal police.

Hopefully, Hockey Canada and Crosby can locate the missing 2010 gold-medal gear. Keep an eye on eBay or its Canadian equivalent eB-eh? for leads ...

Stick-tap to The Confluence for the video.

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