Wednesday, February 17, 2010

US Scores Win in Olympic Opener

The United States Olympic hockey team scored a pedestrian victory in the first game of their round robin action on Tuesday in Vancouver, defeating Switzerland 3-1.

Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Ducks) scored an unassisted goal late in the first period to give the US a lead. David Backes (Minnesota State, St. Louis Blues) added another unassisted tally nearly six minutes into the second to give the US all it would need. Ryan Malone (St. Cloud State/Tampa Bay Lightning) converted a power play tally from Ryan Suter (U. of Wisconsin/Nashville Predators) to seal the victory.

Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) made 14 stops in a game in which he wasn't asked to do too much.

The US will be in action again Thursday against Norway. The big test ahead is Canada on Saturday night in a prime time affair.

The young US team got the jitters out in the first game against a team they were supposed to beat and now move forward as an unbeaten squad. This is exactly where this team is expected to be.

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