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Parise scores twice to send Team USA into semis

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Zach Parise scored twice in the third period, and the top-seeded U.S. men's hockey team reached the Olympic semifinals with a tense 2-0 victory over Switzerland.

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Only one goal dribbled past Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller Wednesday at Canada Hockey Place, but for the United States, one goal was enough.
The Americans took a 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Switzerland on two third-period goals -- one an empty-netter -- by Zach Parise. They will play the winner of Wednesday night's Finland-Czech Republic game Friday in the semifinals.
The Swiss had seemed content to play a stifling zone defense in front of the stellar Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks goalie who turned away 41 shots with stick saves, glove saves -- he may even have pitched a scoreless ninth. But after a tripping penalty early in the final period put the Americans on the power play, Parise's shot bounced up over the goalie's right shoulder, dropped to the goalmouth beside him and dribbled across the line with 17 minutes, 52 seconds left to go.
"We threw 40 shots at him, and something was going to go in," Parise said. "We were playing smart, getting pucks deep, not taking high risks and that is how you have to play."

Click here to read the full story by Tracee Hamilton.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 24, 2010; 5:35 PM ET
 | Tags: Olympics  
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Posted by: uncatim | February 24, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

From Previous:

I remember very clearly OV plastering Crosby along the boards in last yrs playoffs to where he had to limp to the bench (not uncommon). Quite sure THAT won't change. I don't think OV will pass on the chance to send Crysby flying to Nova Scotia.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 24, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

ESPN Insider has Poile confirming that if Hamhuis is not re-signed, he is gone at the deadline.

Sources are naming Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Boston in the mix for him.

The asking price: scorer + late first/early second. Ouch!

Not sure GMGM will go for that.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | February 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Also, Kaberle is said to be agreeing to waiving his no-trade clause.

I have both Kaberle, Hamhuis in a Caps uni at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on March 3rd.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | February 24, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

GO OVIE and Semin... and Varly also! Beat Cindy!!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 24, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't see how Kaberle is said to be agreeing to waiving his no-trade clause when Brian Burke let the world know that he would NEVER ask him to waive it.

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

also I sure hope that BB, Green and all the Canadians on the Caps don't ever venture on here... if I were them, I might take this personally.

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse


Just like Sutter said he was never going to trade Phaneuf.

But Burke only said he wouldn't "ask him" not that he wouldn't "trade him" if Kaberle volunteered to rescind his no-trade clause.

Burke has previously stated that he would live up to the no-trade part of the agreement and not pressure Kaberle to drop it, but if Kaberle voluntarily drops it that is a different story. There is a difference.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 24, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't ever remember Burke saying 1 thing and doing another especially when it comes to player movement. He also held on to some cap space for no apparent reason although all media sources claimed if was for Nieds coming back. Oh wait, Neids did come back and it just so happened Burke hung on to cap space and was able to bring him back. So yeah, GM's don't ever lie.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 24, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

GMGM's To-dolist:

[ ] Get a PK specialist center who is hungry for a serious cup run

[ ] Get a gritty, smart veteran blueliner to solidify backline

[ ] Find a sucker to take Brendon Morrison off the Caps hands

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 24, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Brian Burke is a Harvard-educated lawyer so I'm sure he knows how to leave himself some wiggle room when he makes a statement.

so when he says he would never ask Kaberle to waive his no-trade clause, I'll take his word for it.

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

also the plastering that Ovie allegedly laid on Crosby in last year's playoffs had no apparent effect on him judging by his performance in Game 7

Posted by: joek443 | February 24, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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