The USA got an opening win, but certainly didn't look like world beaters. They mustered just 2 shots on goal in the 3rd period as the Swiss took the attack to them. Chalk it up to nerves and getting used to each other and let's hope they get better. Timmy was in the all-too-familiar role of door opener on the USA bench. Comeon Ron, put him in there on Thursday! Bobby Ryan opened the scoring with a sweet release from the high slot.
David Backes scored the eventual game-winner with a nice end-to-end rush off a Ryan Miller save (where's his assist? - tough scorekeeper). He made sometimes Hab, sometimes Hamilton Bulldog Yannick Weber look silly. Ryan Malone had the 3rd USA goal on the PP by banging in a rebound.
Funny hearing Jeremy Roenick talk about Jamie Langenbrunner after the game (teammates in 1998)...Legend has it in my hometown that Jeremy Roenick was primarily responsible for the disgraceful incident in the Olympic Village in Nagano back in 1998. Also, Mike Millbury giving Jeremy Roenick a hard time was pretty entertaining. I'm hoping they drop the gloves at some point.
Man, do we get screwed as hockey fans here in the states. CNBC carries the USA/Japan Women's Curling match IN IT'S ENTIRETY and pre-empts the majority of the 1st period of Canada/Norway. Amazingly, still 0-0 after the first period!
Sidebar, as the Morale Officer has stated multiple times leading up to the Olympics, this version of the USA Women's curling team is a little too "housewifey" compared to the young, blond-haired, blue-eyed team from my home state in 2006.