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Shea Weber and Ryan Suter did Nashville proud again today, with both players leading their teams in time on ice by a wide margin. Weber logged a staggering 27:13, registered 3 shots on goal, and had an assist, while Suter played 21:33, and also had three shots and an assist on a Brian Rafalski goal. Martin Erat, Patric Hornqvist, Marcel Goc and Alexander Sulzer all resume play tomorrow.
The USA really pumped up their goal differential today, which will make a big difference when it comes time to seed teams. Phil Kessel opened the scoring on a gorgeous pass from Joe Pavelski, and the much maligned Rangers captain Chris Drury also scored for the Americans. Red Wing Brian Rafalski closed off the scoring with two goals late in the third. The US plays Canada on Sunday. Don't miss it.
There aren't many words in your average dictionary to describe this game. By many counts, the Swiss should've come out victorious. They battled harder, skated harder, and gave more effort in general than the Canadians. Jonas Hiller stood on his head and was good for 45 saves. It was the best goaltender performance I've seen in quite some time, and it was unfortunate it came in a losing effort. Sidney Crosby won the game in the shootout, while Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau scored in regulation for Canada (though Marleau put Switzerland's 2nd goal straight into his own net), who will play the US on Sunday.
We have our first hockey upset of these Games. Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak delivered a great performance for the Slovaks, and the Russians couldn't get their power play going again. Slovakia played excellent defense in front of Halak, and Pavol Demitra won the game in the shootout. Alexei Morozov scored in regulation for Russia, who started Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Marian Hossa scored for Slovakia. Russia plays the Czechs on Sunday, while Slovakia takes on Latvia Saturday.