Team Canada cuts it close
Crosby goal in shootout needed to edge feisty Switzerland
Marleau scored for Canada while Ivo Rutheman and Patrick von Gunten had goals for Switzerland in regulation time.
The Swiss have only two NHL players, captain Mark Streit and Hiller, but they battled even up for most of the game and gave Canada a scare.
Olympic rules give three points for a win and only two for a win in overtime or a shootout, so Canada has five points from two games, one behind the United States, who improved to 2-0-0 with a 6-1 win over Norway.
Canada closes the round-robin portion of the Games on Sunday against the Americans while Switzerland, which earned one point, next plays Norway.
If revenge was on Canada’s mind, it didn’t look it with a sluggish, tentative start. Canada trailed 7-6 in shots midway through the first period against a hard-working and surprisingly physical Swiss team.
And although they forced the Swiss to take three penalties, they failed to score or even generate many chances with the man advantage to the dismay of the full house at Canada Hockey Place. RICHMOND, B.C. — A small slip at the start, a wave of panic, and then the demons came out for Christine Nesbitt.
“Oh no, I’m not on a good race,” she thought. “I’m not going to be on the podium even.”
Mentally, things weren’t right, and technically they weren’t much better mere moments into her 1,000-metre long-track speedskating race Thursday, an event she was heavily favoured in and pretty much had to win.
Less than 24 hours earlier, teammate and training partner Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., had struggled badly in the men’s 1,000 and left the Richmond Olympic Oval furious at himself, looking for answers.
If Nesbitt also failed, it would have left a team counted on for nine medals to help the country Own the Podium at the Vancouver Olympics in a deep, deep rut.
“ We needed to go get the big one, a gold medal, to set the stage for the rest of the team,” her coach, Marcel Lacroix, admitted.
Go get it Nesbitt did, stabilizing herself midway through her race, chasing down race pair Monique Angermuller of Germany and putting up a time of one minute 16.56 seconds to take
Canada's Sidney Crosby, right, looks on as his shot goes past Switzerland goaltender Jonas Hiller in a shootout during men's Olympic hockey action at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday. Team Canada went on to win the game 3-2.