Through two games, Canada has shown the rest of the Olympic field why it's a favorite to again win the gold medal.
The Canadians look to continue their domination in preliminary-round play when they meet upset-minded Switzerland on Saturday.
Canada improved to 2-0 with an easy 5-1 win over Germany on Thursday
after defeating host Italy 7-2 in its opener. Wade Redden, Joe Sakic
and Simon Gagne staked the Canadians to a 3-0 lead after one period
against the Germans.
"It was a good effort. We knew they were going to play hard,"
defenseman Chris Pronger said. "They played hard (Wednesday) against
the Czechs and gave them a run for their money. We knew it would be the
same today. We got off to a good start with that 3-0 lead and really
were able to dominate the play from there."
Dany Heatley scored his second goal in as many games in the second
period for Canada, while Shane Doan finished the scoring in the final
minute of the contest.
Both players lead the Canadians in scoring with three points each.
Canada has been dominant so far, outscoring its opponents 12-3 and
holding a 90-32 advantage in shots as it tries to win back-to-back gold
medals for the first time since the 1948 St. Moritz and 1952 Oslo Games.
"I think we are starting to gel and come together," forward Todd
Bertuzzi said. "The first few games have been learning where everybody
plays and the comfort zones."
Bertuzzi had another lawsuit filed against him Wednesday by former NHL player Steve Moore for an on-ice attack two years ago.
"You just deal with it and move on," Bertuzzi said Thursday.
After goaltenders Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo led Canada to wins,
coach Pat Quinn may turn to Marty Turco for this contest.
Turco, though, struggled in his last two games with Dallas before the
Olympic break, giving up 11 goals in losses to the San Jose Sharks and
Los Angeles Kings.
His 2.62 goals-against average this season is the highest of his
career. Three seasons ago, Turco set a modern NHL record with a 1.72
GAA, the best since Tony Esposito recorded a 1.77 in 1970-71 with the
Switzerland lost 5-0 to Finland in its first game of the tournament,
but evened its record Thursday with one of the biggest Olympic upsets
since the NHL began sending players in 1998, a 3-2 win over the Czech
Mark Streit scored the eventual game-winner on the power play early in the third period.
"Hockey was not really on the map until now," said Streit, who has one
goal in 32 games this season with the Montreal Canadiens. "And I think
with a game like that you can show the world how Swiss hockey is."
Goaltender David Aebischer made 20 of his 40 saves in the second
period, including six stops against New York Rangers forward Jaromir
Jagr - the NHL's scoring leader with 40 goals and 88 points.
"It's great for Swiss hockey that we won," Aebischer said. "We have to be careful because it's one game."
Canada concludes preliminary-round play with matchups against Finland
and the Czech Republic, while Switzerland still has contests remaining
with Germany and Italy.