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Canada started in the Olympic hockey tournament with victory over Switzerland

16 February 2018, 04:55 | Stacy Ballard

Canada started in the Olympic hockey tournament with victory over Switzerland

Canada started in the Olympic hockey tournament with victory over Switzerland

"We haven't played a whole lot of hockey as a team together".

Meanwhile, veterans Rene Bourque and Wojtek Wolski each scored twice for Canada, while defenceman Maxim Noreau ripped home a point shot on the power play.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - There were smiles, laughs and enthusiastic goal celebrations. It seemed the Americans were cruising to victory. The game didn't impact the team's standing, as the United States will play in the semifinals on February 19, but pride was certainly on the minds of the two rivals. The Americans will face Slovakia on Friday.

"We're not searching for the inner strength anymore", USA captain Meghan Duggan said. Team USA wasted a solid 40 minutes before playing a sluggish third period. Had a great video session today. "We're focused on the things that we can control, and certainly those games that we've played in the past have nothing to do with our future".

-Biathlon: In the men's 20km individual, Lowell Bailey could be a huge contender to give the USA hardware in this sport for the first time (12:00 p.m., NBCSN / 1:05 a.m. NBC). It certainly helps that the Olympic format means no team gets eliminated after pool play, though it doesn't hurt that the US dominated play for the first two periods against Slovenia before the mix of sitting on the lead and running out of gas proved costly. "Could have been a little tired mentally".

That can't happen against Slovakia, which upset the favored Russians in regulation across town. These two teams are constantly battling for top finishes and keeping games close on the world's biggest stages. But the Americans' energy inexplicably flagged in the third, to the surprise of coach Tony Granato. It's a rivalry we get up for. We don't have to overplay anybody. Playing in only their second Olympic tournament ever, the Slovenians stayed poised and positive while the US built a 2-0 lead and pounced when they sensed the Americans were losing energy and momentum. The biggest challenge for the USA then, now and potentially moving forward, is cashing on its offensive chances. "They usually get a good amount of shots, but not necessarily that many quality ones".

"I found that different way and got way more than I ever would have hoped".

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Ben Scrivens got the start in the Canadian net and made 27 saves for the win.

"If you try to play safe, you're dead".

Lee said Canada will have to grind its way through the tournament, agreeing that it probably won't be pretty. And it can't be to sit back. We're going to find a way to score goals.

Ryan Gunderson, the defenseman from Bensalem, played 17:50 but didn't have a huge impact on the game. Now it's about harnessing it and not letting it run out.

"We'll learn from this", O'Neill said. "I don't think there's any doubt that (is) what you saw last night from our team. Be proud of the team we are". No excuses. We played as hard as we could.

Bourque, who potted 163 goals for six National Hockey League teams, scored on Canada's first shot when he cruised out from the corner to deftly tip in a Lee slap-pass from the blueline at 2:57.

The loss to the Canadian hurt more than the Americans' pride: They're now bracketed to play the victor of Sweden and Finland on Monday, which likely means another battle with Noora Raty of Finland, a goalie capable of pulling an upset on her own.

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