2010 Winter Olympics: Team USA Hockey Beats Switzerland

Bob WarjaSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2010

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky tried to get the Games off to a good start, though the lighting of the Olympic flame wasn't without some technical difficulties. Still, it was The Great One and in case you didn't know, hockey is to Canada what sex is to Tiger Woods.

Speaking of hockey, check out Jocelyne Lamoureux's goal against China from Sunday when you get a chance.

Foolish rules requiring goalies to remove non-sponsor slogans and logos notwithstanding, there was actual US hockey going on this afternoon in a game won by the Americans.

The Olympic tournament finally began at 2 p.m. CST and Bobby Ryan got Team USA its first goal of the Olympics in their game against Switzerland. They added two more goals in the second period as they took a commanding 3-0 lead on their way to victory over the Swiss.

David Backes and Ryan Malone scored the second and third goals of the game as the USA peppered 22 shots in the first two periods at Jonas Hiller.

While Team USA may do well flying under the radar of low expectations, they need to avoid the tendency to overstate the importance of one game, especially against a team that essentially has two full-time NHLers (Jonas Hiller and Mark Streit).

Team USA received its first penalty of the game at 4:49 of the third period as Joe Pavelsky was called for hooking. At 8:23 in the third, Ryan Suter was called for roughing, and about a minute later, Roman Wick put the Swiss on the board.

Meanwhile, the Americans executed their game plan to perfection. They used their youth, speed, and physicality to control the game and Ryan Miller looked sharp.

It does make you excited about the possibilities for what will be a crucial matchup against Canada on Sunday.