Switzerland came close to upsetting Team Canada at the Olympics, but ultimately fell just short in a shootout loss. Nearly three months later, the Swiss were able to pull off the feat at the 2010 IIHF World Championships in Germany with a 4-1 victory over the Canadians.
In the final game for both clubs of the preliminary round, Switzerland scored two goals within a 2:16 span in the first period and never look backed in besting Canada for the first time in 76 years of World Championship play.
After John Tavares scored to cut the lead to one, the Swiss answered back with goals in both the second and third periods to prevail for the win. Ducks forward Corey Perry
played 21:13 in the game for Canada (second on the club behind Tavares), but was held scoreless for the first time in three games at the tournament.
"They played the same way at the Olympics," Perry said. "They play that skating game, and they frustrated us by clogging up the neutral zone. They're a good team and you can't underestimate them."
While it was not Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller
, who is not participating in the World Championships, in net for the Swiss, the club still got a big peformance between the pipes from one-time Stars netminder Tobias Stephan. Now a member of Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League, Stephan stopped 31-of-32 shots fired his way by Canada in the win.
By virtue of its victory, Switzerland improved to 3-0 at the tournament to take the top spot in Group B. Canada, which had 22 wins and two ties with the Swiss in World Championship play before today, claimed the second spot in Group B with a 2-1 record.