CANADA VS. SWITZERLAND
Not only is Roberto Luongo not starting today against Switzerland, he isn't even dressed as backup.
Martin Brodeur will get the start with Marc-Andre Fleury suited up as number two.
A mismatch of epic proportions on paper, Canada and Switzerland played an entertaining first period with the Canadians skating away with an early 1-0 lead.
Dany Heatley scored Canada’s lone goal; after taking a pass from Patrick Marleau, Heatley gained control of a bouncing puck and blasted a shot past Jonas Hiller.
Jonathan Toews picked up the second assist on the goal for a gritty forecheck that led to puck possession for Canada and eventually the goal.
Switzerland, a team comprised of two NHLers to Canada’s 23, made life hard on itself by taking three penalties in the first, although Canada’s power play failed to convert.
Shots were 17-8 for Canada, 16 of which came from Rick Nash, Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla, or so it seemed. They were everywhere.
So was the mitt of Martin Brodeur. He made one monster glove save on a Rafael Diaz shot midway through the period.
HISTORY LESSON: Canada lost to Switzerland 2-0 in the second game for both teams at the 2006 Torino Games.
GOLDEN BOY: Just got word Michael Phelps was in the house for the US win over Norway. He was seated two rows in front of former NHL head coach Tony Dungy and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Save the panic for another time, but Canada and Switzerland are even at 2-2 after the second period.
Thirty-five seconds into the middle period Canada looked to have put this game away by doubling its lead on the power play.
Marleau and Heatley were again both in on this goal, but this time it was Heatley who played set up man to Marleau.
Not that it wasn’t a well earned assist for Heatley – okay, it wasn’t at all. Shea Weber ripped a shot from the point on goal, it hit Heatley in the maple leaf and bounced to Marleau for the empty-netter.
The two-goal lead was short-lived, however, as Ivo Ruthemann gave Canada a goal against for the first time all tournament with a hearty slapper on a 2-on-1 that was too much for Brodeur.
On an ensuing power play with 10 seconds left in the period, Switzerland tied the game thanks to the skate of Marleau.
Patrick von Gunten simply threw a shot towards the net, it deflected into the goal off Marleau.
SIGNAGE: There are a lot of signs in the house tonight, the worst of which is right behind the Swiss bench. On neon orange background, the sign reads PUT GRETSKY ON. I thought it was bad putting the most famous Canadian ever in the back of a pick-up truck in the rain, nevermind spelling his name wrong.
Wait – there’s more.
The back of the same sign says SIDNEY CAN I HOLD YOUR STICK.
Maybe she’s American?
What a finale.
Canada and Switzerland took it to each other in the third period; hit for hit, chance for chance, save for save.
Brodeur and Hiller played their best hockey of the game in the final frame, especially Hiller who had a barrel of show stopping saves, the best of which were back-to-back stops on Corey Perry and Getzlaf.
Perry got in close on goal before going to the backhand, Hiller was down but not out as he scrambled to take the puck off the goal line. The puck then found its way to Getzlaf at the point, but Hiller got a glove on his booming shot.
Again on his toes with less than five minutes to play, Hiller denied Heatley a goal with a left pad save on a one-timer.
Even at 2-2 late in the period, Swiss’ Thierry Paterlini was assessed a hooking penalty giving Canada a chance to win it late.
The Canadians failed to convert on the power play finishing the game 1-for-7 and sending this one to extra time.
A lot of scoring chances for Canada, but still no goals.
We're off to a shootout.
I can't breathe.
And I need a change of underwear.
Fourth Canadian shooter Sidney Crosby wins it for Canada!
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