US tops Swiss in men’s hockey opener
AP Hockey Writer
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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