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Miller helps USA to Olympic opening win over Switzerland


(Julie Jacobson/AP)


From Post staff writer Barry Svrluga in Vancouver:

The American men's hockey team opened the Olympics with about as strong a performance as could be expected, a 3-1 victory over Switzerland that featured a splendid performance from goaltender Ryan Miller -- the U.S.'s best hope to lead a medal run -- and an inspired performance from David Backes.
Miller, an NHL all-star with the Buffalo Sabres, foiled 14 of the 15 shots he faced from Switzerland, and his second-period, point-blank save on Switzerland's Martin Pluss began the game's signature play -- an end-to-end rush from Backes of the St. Louis Blues, who shot down the left wing and stuffed the puck by Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller that put the Americans up 2-0.

Read Barry's full entry here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 16, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
 | Tags: Olympics  
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Comments

USA! USA! USA!

PS Go Russia and Sweden and Czech. I hope Crosby brought enough pacifiers

Posted by: TempusFugitRGV1 | February 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Any news on the NHL suspending Janssen for his late, dirty hit on Bradley?

Posted by: hlalor | February 16, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Switzerland missed the net on two chances with open nets. That easily could have been 3-3 after regulation.

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 16, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Unable to watch the game. Damn.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 16, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Did I just hear the color guy for this Canada vs. Norway game talk as if Mike Green was on the ice? Or was he saying something else? Did anybody else hear this? Around 9:00 in the first on a long pass for a scoring chance.

Posted by: real_wtf_fehr | February 16, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Anyone see Jeremy Roenick rip Mike Milbury!!! Awesome!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | February 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Millberry is making me sick....is there any cure for this?

He was just asked who he would compare Ovechkin to (with his explosive energy and such), and he chose to compare him to the bext player in hockey...Crosby, who is also hardworking and professional. Blah!

He then conceded...player to watch: Ovechkin
vs. player to lead your team to a medal: Crosby.

Look, Crosby is a great player, but I do not see much comparison style or attitude-wise between he and Ov.

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

And yes, thank goodness Roenick was there to put Milbury in his place (a little anyway).

(hehe, couldn't think how to spell his name on the first post, but he doesn't deserve that sort of respect anyway!)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 16, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Jeremy Roenick.....loved his little quib!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | February 16, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

wow, for the first time in my life I can say "yeah, Jeremy Roenick!" Mike Milbury, you are truly an idiot.

Posted by: blushfilms | February 16, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Millberry looks more and more like an idiot every time he opens his mouth in regards to Crosby or Ovechkin, he REALLY needs to either let it go, or come out and admit his dislike for Ovie, because his facade as an "unbiased" journalist/commentator is as transparent as it gets..

Posted by: TDGibson | February 16, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

It's strange rooting for Norway. There are a lot of penalties called on Norway so far. Any team that will beat Canada is going to have to do it shorthanded. The officials look like they are as biased as if they were calling an NHL playoff game.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 16, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised more people aren't on this board with Hockey withdrawal. LOL

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 16, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Milbury is a clown. This has already been confirmed. Nothing new there.

I'm surprised that more hockey outlets don't try to get Roenick to do some in-studio analysis for them. He knows of what he speaks and he's not afraid to voice his opinion. And he's not Mike Milbury, which is a huge plus.

Posted by: blindskateluke | February 16, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe how unprofessional MM is. Unbelievable...

Posted by: kkd76 | February 16, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I was laughing when Milbury was arguing with Roenick. Hahaha. I was just shaking my head. What a pathetic MORON. ;) Kisses up to Sidney 24/7.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 16, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

It's strange rooting for Norway. There are a lot of penalties called on Norway so far. Any team that will beat Canada is going to have to do it shorthanded. The officials look like they are as biased as if they were calling an NHL playoff game.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 16, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

there are two Yanks and two Finns officiating this game and Norway did have a 5 on 3 PP... a little paranoid, aren't ya?

Posted by: joek443 | February 16, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Two things are certain:

1. Matt Millen should not be allowed to comment on football.
2. Mike Milbury should not be allowed to comment on hockey.

They both proved how smart they are when they were gms.

Roenick is american, a neutral party. He picked Ovechkin.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 16, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Well once Canada took the lead, it evened out sure. But yes, you could say I like to keep my eyes open. :P

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 16, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Milbury's comparison of Crosby and Ovie: I think championships are an over rated measure of individual skill in a team sport. I know the "elevates his team" arguement, etc. Perhaps useful in evaluating a career but the best individual skills doesn't always translate to best career.

For sake of discussion, in a hypothetical repeat of the Caps-Penguins series last year, switch Ovie and Crosby. I would see that as Pittsburg in five. That is Ovie adds much more to the Caps than Crosby adds to the Penguins.

Posted by: tim-n-VA | February 16, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

There were just too many factors in place for the Caps-Pens series to say that it was the ultimate measuring stick between Crysby and Ov. The most prevalent was the fact the Caps were using a rookie goalie and that our D were physically in shambles (I think it was Poti with two broken feet). So many factors were involved and when someone makes the argument, "well who has a cup?" it just proves they are biased and can't hold a thoughtful discussion on the topic. Unfortunately, ludicrous as it may be, both players will ultimately spend the rest of their careers being compared to one another.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 16, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

in sports like football and baseball, championships ARE over-rated measure of individual players. But in sports like hockey and basketball, you simply cannot be considered one of the all-time greats unless you take your team to the championship finals.

you don't necessarily have to win the whole thing but you at least have to take your team there.

Posted by: joek443 | February 16, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

the Caps WERE the higher seed last year when they faced the Pens in the playoffs so it was technically an upset... not to mention 2 games to none lead which should have become a 3 games to none lead.

they got outshot abotu 40 to 20 in game 3 but still had a chance to win.. the problem was Varly was the only one playing in OT

Posted by: joek443 | February 16, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, ludicrous as it may be, both players will ultimately spend the rest of their careers being compared to one another."

Of course they are always going to be compared to each other. There is just too much intrigue there not to compare them. They entered the league the same season, and are both considered a once in a generation type player.

The point, which I failed to make in my previous "disgusted" outburst, is that Milbury had a chance to compare Ov to any hockey player (in the history of the game). He was given the attributes to compare (enthusiastic, energetic, exciting...), and yet, he (predictably) chose to compare him to Crosby. The set up was there, and he stubbornly failed to take it. Beleive me, if he was asked to compare Crosby to any player, he would not compare him to Ov. He may compare him to Gretzky, Lemieux or some other player. Style-wise, Crosby and Ov are not very comparable. They both bring different attributes/attitudes to the game, and why not atleast recognize and celebrate that?

Ugh. Its a lost cause here I know. It just irks me every once in a while.

Well, no surprise that Canadians blew out Norway. I am just happy I got to see some of my favorite non-Caps/west coast players score a handful (Iginla and Getzlaf)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 16, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Who the hell is Barry Svrluga? And why isn't Tarik covering Team USA, instead of insipidly chronicling every move of Ovechkin and the Russians?

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 17, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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