Based on Thursday’s action, Team USA might not be such a big underdog against mighty Canada in Sunday night’s Olympic showdown.
Fact is, host Canada was fortunate to get past lowly Switzerland Thursday night.
Switzerland defenseman Luca Sbisa, a former Flyer, was sensational, and his goalie, Jonas Hiller, was even better.
But it couldn’t prevent Switzerland from dropping a 3-2 shoot-out to heavily favored Canada.
Sidney Crosby scored the deciding goal in the shoot-out, giving Team Canada two of a possible three points.
Canada will meet Team USA Sunday night to decide the Group A title, with the winner earning a quarterfinal bye.
Team Canada dominated Thursday’s game, but Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks’ standout, kept the Swiss in the game. Canada was 1 for 7 on the power play.
The Flyers’ Chris Pronger and Mike Richards did not figure in the scoring. Richards was used sparingly.
Switzerland had dropped a 3-1 decision to Team USA Tuesday.
Team USA, primarily composed of young energetic players, wasn’t overly sharp in its 6-1 win over Norway Thursday; it scored three late goals to pull away from a 3-1 lead.
Canada had defeated Norway, 8-0.
As for Sunday, I'll go with Canada in a 3-2 nailbiter. How do you see the game unfolding?