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Men's Hockey: US-Swiss updates

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  February 16, 2010 03:50 PM

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Third period

It's a wrap here. Final score: USA 3, Switzerland 1.

Next game for Yanks: Thurs. vs. Norway, 3 p.m. ET.

9:45 -- USA 3, Switzerland 1 -- Roman Wick shovels in backhander on a 2-on-1 and Miller muffs what should be fairly routine stop. Power-play goal. Swiss able to pressure US defenseman Tim Gleason.

8:32 -- Penalty -- US, Suter (roughing).

Swiss control puck very well on their first man-advantage, but unable to find shooting lanes against Miller.

4:49 -- Joe Pavelski charged with firsst US penalty (hooking).

Second period

End of 40:00: USA 3, Switzerland 0. Dominant period for the Americans. Swiss hang in admirably, but unable to contend with US muscle and speed.
Yanks with 22-9 shot lead through two periods. Based on this appetizer, Yanks should have no trouble with Norway on Thursday as the approach Sunday's main course vs. the Canadians (7:40 p.m. ET).

8:25 -- USA, 3-0. Ryan Malone power-play goal. Jams with Joe Pavelski at top of crease and muscles home loose rebound of a Ryan Suter blast from blue line.

6:53 -- Penalty -- Sannitz, SUI, hooking.

5:52 -- USA, 2-0. Dynamic goal by Blues forward David Backes, who picks up puck in the USA defensive slot, races unimpeded up the left side, turns around defenseman Yannick Weber and stuffs in forehander at right post. For those old enough to remember, it's a coast-to-coast goal reminiscent of the Bobby Orr days.

End of 20:00. Yanks with 1-0 lead. Sensational period with US managing 8-5 shot lead. Tremendous skating speed by both sides. Swiss don't back off heavy American checking.

18:59 -- Bobby Ryan snaps home first goal of the tournament for 1-0 US lead. After strong work along left-wing wall, moves into slot and snaps rising wrister by fellow Duck Jonas Hiller.

15:30 -- Zach Parise turned back on sizzling wrister from right side.

14:50 -- Ryan Miller puts clamps on Hnat Domenichelli backhand sweep at top of crease.

The US lines:
Dustin Brown-Ryan Kesler-Jamie Langenbrunner
Zach Parise-Paul Stastny-Patrick Kane
Ryan Malone-Joe Pavelski-Phil Kessel
Ryan Callahan-David Backes-Bobby Ryan
Chris Drury swings in for a shift or two in place of Kessel on the Malone-Pavelski line

US defensive pairings:
Ryan Suter-Brian Rafalski
Ryan Whitney-Erik Johnson
Brooks Orpik-Jack Johnson
Tim Gleason pairs up for spot duty with Rafalski

Ryan Miller in net for Yanks with Tim Thomas on bench. Jon Quick the only American not in uniform.

All US players are wearing visors. Per IIHF rules, all players born after Dec. 31, 1974 must wear eye protection.

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