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Unbeaten Canada faces upset-minded Switzerland

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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 Chicago Blackhawks.

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 Republic.

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.

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