Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crosby Scores Only Goal in Shootout to Defeat Switzerland

-Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in a shootout on his second attempt to lead Canada over Switzerland 3-2. Switzerland played a very physical game while goaltender Jonas Hiller played spectacular saving 45 of 47 shots. Goals in regulation were scored by San Jose Shark players Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau. Canada earns two points because they won in a shootout. Canadians had to be a little scared during that third period, but their team pulled through luckily.

-Team USA defeated Norway 6-1 in regulation. Ryan Malone scored another goal to make it his second in two games. Brian Rafalski scored two goals while Phil Kessel, Chris Drury, and Patrick Kane each scored one goal. Ryan Miller once again was not tested very much stopping 10 of 11 shots. USA now leads the Group A Division with 6 points.

-Team Slovakia upset Team Russia in a shootout by a score of 2-1. Evgeni Malkin had seven shots on goal, but was left off the scoresheet. Former Penguin Alexei Morozov scored the only goal in regulation for Russia. Another former Penguin, Marian Hossa scored the goal for Slovakia. In the shootout, Jozef Stumpel scored to make it 1-0 then Alex Ovechkin tied it. Pavol Demitra won the game with a goal to give them two points while Russia gets one.Malkin had one shot in the shootout, but failed to score.

-Here is an interesting tidbit. My girlfriend, who is in Puerto Rico on vacation, ran into Colby Armstrong down there and asked him if he would come back to Pittsburgh. Armstrong replied "I'd love to." We all figured Armstrong would welcome a return to the Penguins, but it is nice to confirm it. He is rumored to be the next Thrasher to be traded. Although he can't control where he is traded, he is a free agent after the season and we would expect him to give the Penguins a call.

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