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US tops Swiss in men’s hockey opener

AP Hockey Writer
USA's Bobby Ryan, left, celebrates after scoring against Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller (1) in the first period of a men's ice hockey preliminary round game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. At right is Switzerland defenseman Patrick von Gunten (72). (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The United States began play in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament with a workmanlike 3-1 win over Switzerland.

After the teams matched each other for the first 19 minutes on Tuesday, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan broke the deadlock. David Backes of St. Louis and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone added goals for the U.S. in the second to supply the offense. Goaltender Ryan Miller made 14 saves in his Olympics debut.

Miller’s only blemish came with 10:15 remaining. A pass attempt by Roman Wick struck the goalie’s outstretched stick and tantalizingly trickled behind him for a power-play goal.

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