Olympic Men’s Hockey: Four Games Later, Four Teams Remain

February 25th, 2010 by Andrew O'Brien Leave a reply »
This article originally appeared on PhillyFanComplex.com .

A rundown of Wednesday's Olympic men's hockey action:


USA 2, Switzerland 0

This game was Hannah-Storm-sausage-casing tight, thanks to an otherworldly performance from Swiss goaltender Jonas Hiller. Much like he did against Canada in the round-robin portion, Hiller single-handedly kept Switzerland from getting blown out of the water. He even had the game clock under his control, as the only puck to beat him through two periods failed to cross the goal line before the second period ended.

For a game with two combined goals (one of them an empty netter), it was far from short on excitement. The Americans had plenty of chances to score on Hiller, but the Swiss goaltender found a way to stop all but one.

On the 36th shot of the game, with the Americans on the power play, Zach Parise tapped in a rebound 2:08 into the third period for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Parise scored both goals for the U.S., ensuring the victory with an empty-net goal with 11 seconds remaining.

Coming off a game for the ages in the upset win over Canada ...

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