Game two for Canada sees them face Jonas Hiller and the Swiss. The Swiss have been known, in recent years anyways, for their tight defensive play. I expect a lower scoring game tonight than there was in Canada’s first game in which they won 8-0 vs. Norway. The Swiss lost their first game 3-1 to the Americans on Tuesday.
I’m going to say this one is a 5-1 final for Canada. The Canadians just have far too strong a team that even the tightest of defenses will struggle with. It should be a pretty good game to watch. Players of interest on the Swiss this year are goaltender Jonas Hiller, and defensemen Mark Streit (of the New York Islanders) and Anaheim Ducks prospect / 2009 1st-rounder Luca Sbisa.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 9:21 – Heatley from Marleau, Toews|
|Marleau gets it behind the goal line and passes out front to Heatley. Heatley kicks it to his stick and wrists it low behind a sprawling Hiller.|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|CAN – 0:35 Marleau (PP) from Heatley, Weber|
|The shot from the point by Weber is initially saved. The rebound comes out to Marleau, and he taps it in behind Hiller.|
|SUI – 8:59 – Rüthemann from Plüss, Paterlini|
|Rüthemann steps over the blue line and blasts a laser of a slapper that beats Brodeur on the glove side from far out.|
|SUI – 19:50 – von Gunten from Monnet, Furrer|
|The puck is thrown from the mid-side boards. It banks in off Marleau in the slot.|
|3RD PERIOD SCORING|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
SUI – Domenichelli – NO GOAL
- Slap shot from the slot, low, brodeur saves it.
CAN – Crosby – NO GOAL
- Crosby dekes, goes from backhand to forehand and runs out of room as Hiller follows and spreads across the net.
SUI – Lemm – NO GOAL
Fakes shot, Brodeur goes down, Lemm fans on it
CAN – Toews – NO GOAL
Toews comes in shooting, glove side, and Hiller snaps the arm out.
SUI- Wick – NO GOAL
Wick fakes shot, goes to the forehand for the shot and Brodeur sticks the leg and blocker arm out, covering any net he could have shot at.
CAN – Getzlaf – NO GOAL
Goes backhand and then forehand and doesn’t get a good shot off. It is swallowed up low by Hiller’s pads.
CAN – Crosby – GOAL
Shoots from the slot and beats Hiller low, blocker side.
SUI- Pluss – NO GOAL
Comes in and whips a hard shot on net from the high slot and Brodeur snaps the glove out making the save.
I unfortunately didn’t get to see much of the game, so my summary is brief here… what I did notice (through my casual viewing) was Hiller standing on his head. Great game played by him tonight, and he helped keep the score close in what should have been a higher score for the Canadians.
Next game, Sunday at 5:40 MST (yes, 5:40) vs. USA. This is the one to watch of the preliminary round! You have no excuse for missing this one… Valentine’s Day was last weekend.