-- Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller
took a starring role for Team Switzerland on Thursday night, serving as the foundation for Switzerland's near upset of Team Canada in Group A play
Hiller stopped 44 of 46 shots through 65 minutes and did not allow Canada a goal after Patrick Marleau
scored just 35 seconds into the second period. In the meantime, the Swiss erased a 2-0 deficit and forced the game into a thrilling shootout.
There, Hiller stopped Sidney Crosby
, Jonathon Toews and Ryan Getzlaf
before Crosby finally solved Hiller in the sudden-death portion of the tie-breaking procedure. When Martin Pluss could not answer against Canada's Martin Brodeur
, the Canadians had escaped with a 3-2 win -- but the Swiss had served notice that they will be a legitimate threat for as long as they last in this tournament.
Hiller stooped and chatted with the media right after the painful loss. Here is what he said.
You couldn't have played better, could you have?
I could have stopped one more shootout shot or one more puck during regulation and we would have won. It's a tough one to lose. I sure wish we would have won. I think it will take some time to realize what we did out there. I think it was a great game from everyone on our team and you have to do that when you face NHL guys. I'm quite happy with my performance and I think it was one of the best games I have ever seen from the Swiss national team
This game was much different from Switzerland's 2-0 shutout win against Canada four years ago in Turin, wasn't it?
It was not like we were just standing back and hoping not to get scored on. We tried to create something up there and we had a couple of shots on their net. We said in the dressing room that we don't want to just be here to be here, we want to show the people something, to prove something to ourselves. It was a better game than (the one against) USA. We had some issues there. We definitely showed we were able to play on the smaller ice.
Did you get hurt in the collision with Rick Nash
near the end of regulation?
I hurt my head a little bit. I didn't even see it. I was freezing the puck and he ran into me. I don't think it was on purpose. He came to me after game and said "excuse me" to me.