Switzerland vs. United States - 02-24-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-That was a lot more nerve-wracking than it should've been. The United States, fresh off its impressive win against the mighty Canadians Sunday should've blown out the Swiss right? This should've been over as soon as the first puck dropped. Right?

-Well if these games (and the 2006 games) have taught us anything, there is a ton of parity throughout the world of hockey. The Swiss rebounded after a less than stellar outing against Belarus and gave the United States quite a challenge. In the end, the United States' talent was able to be the difference in a 2-0 win.

-Really, this game came down to Jonas Hiller. He has been the primary reason the Swiss have had any chance against any team in this tournament. Today was no different. He was spectacular. He stared down a roster filled with NHL talent and only blinked once. He showed he is a legit top level goaltender.

-All due respect to Hiller, but where did the United States' offense go? They scored 11 goals combined in their past two games. Today, it dried up on them. They'll need to do better in the next round against either Finland or the Czech Republic.

-After being fairly quite, Zach Parise showed up in a big way. He scored the game's only goals. His effort on the United States' power play was something special.

-Brian Rafalski continues to be a difference maker for the United States. His ability to get the puck on net through traffic set up Parise's first goal.

-Ryan Suter (above) has been outstanding this tournament. He plays in all situations and he more than capable of handling any situation on the ice.

-The United States needs bigger contributions from the likes of Paul Stastny and Patrick Kane. They're racking up some of the highest ice time totals among United States forwards but their productioin has been meager.

-Ryan Miller wasn't a problem today obviously. He was hardly tested a great deal, but he recorded the first shutout by a  United States goalteder since 2002.

-The United States had a 44-19 lead in shots.

-Phil Kessel led the game with five shots.

-Thomas Deruns led the Swiss with four.

-Mark Streit led the game with 29:06 of ice time.

-Ryan Suter led the United States with 24:06.

-Brooks Orpik had 15:19 of ice time and one shot.

-Ryan Malone had 10:11 and one shot.

-Ryan Whitney was limited to 6:01 of ice time.

-Game summary.

(Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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