Team USA faced Switzerland yesterday in a Quarterfinal matchup. The continuing question for Team USA was the lack of scoring. Ryan Miller was asked about this after the game and he played it off by saying, “I’ve had great scoring in front of me so far.” Team USA came out playing sloppy once again as this has been a continuous issue through the tournament. Switzerland came out with the pressure and attacked from the drop of the puck. USA goalie Ryan Miller was the only reason that USA hung around in the first period. At the other end of the rink Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller was standing on his head and making very difficult saves. At the end of the 1st period, with only seconds remaining in the period, Tommy Salo got a puck into the air on Hiller. The puck bounced off, and over Hiller going into the net. The problem being, the clock ran out just as it crossed the line. The play was reviewed and the goal was over turned leaving it tied 0-0 at the end of the 1st. By the way, after watching this game I bet Philadelphia Flyers fans were a little upset seeing what they could have had a few years ago if a trade had went through for Hiller giving up Jeff Carter? What could have been?
Canada would later meet Russia. These two teams together I felt could have been a repeat of a ‘game for the ages.’ I even on my Twitter and Face Book made these bold statements, even taking Russia for the win. Man was I wrong. Canada came out like they were shot out ofa cannon. 2:21 into the 1st period, Ryan Getzlaf scored the first goal of many for Canada. Russia looked stunned, and immediately seemed as if all the air was taken out of the game. Russian goalie Evgeny Nabokov also looked as if he was rattled from the first goal. At the 12:09 mark, Dan Boyle would score the 2nd goal to make it 2-0 in the 1st period. Less than a minute later at the 12:55 mark Rick Nash would score and make it a 3-0 Canada lead. This play was set up beautifully by Mike Richards stealing the puck from Malkin. Dmitri Kalinin would score 2 minutes later to get Russia on the board 3-1. I felt good about this goal because you could see the Russian bench trying to get them-selves fired up about trying to make a comeback and getting into the game. Brenden Morrow would spoil those thoughts 4minutes later in the 1st to make it 4-1 Canada.
Team Canada looked unstoppable during this game, from start to finish. Goalie Roberto Luongo looked unbeatable. I think they will ride his coat tails the rest of the tournament, and I have to question who can even stop Canada? Their defense has shown up to play, along with their top lines. Even the ‘Shark Line‘ has been putting numbers for the team. USA is unable to say the same about their lines, mostly their top lines. Their defense has been suspect, with mishandling the puck at times, and their forwards playing the same. I hope to see a rematch for the gold with USA vs. Canada. I surely can’t picture the same ending with how things played out today.
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