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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PostHeaderIcon U.S. men's hockey defeats Switzerland, 3-1, in Olympic opener

Here are some Olympic Updates featuring Hockey action that is going on today.

The 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver have officially started, joke some Canadians, now that their favorite sport has begun.

Men's Ice Hockey kicked off with a win for the Americans. Team USA notched a victory by holding off a pesky Swiss team to win their opening game.

U.S. goaltender Ryan Miller (pictured above, source) stopped 14 shots by the Swiss, whose roster includes two NHL regulars and a handful of others with limited or distant NHL experience. The Ducks’ Bobby Ryan, St. Louis’ David Backes and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone scored for the U.S., which is 7-1 against Switzerland in Olympic play stretching back to 1920

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The game marked the use of NHL-regulation rinks rather than the larger Olympic/International size rinks used in the past. Many of the players across the Olympics in Hockey play in the NHL so the adjustment will be minor.

The Big Game occurs tonight, however, when host country Canada squares off against Norway followed by Russia vs. Latvia.

The U.S. Women's team plays Russia and is, as of right now, leading Russia by a score of 9-0 about midway through the second period. [watch live online at NBC Olympics]. Team USA has already scored twice during the writing of this post so expect another massive blowout.

In other Women's Hockey news, Finland plays China later this evening.

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