10:30, Switzerland – Sweden
11:30, Finland- USA
2:30, Russia – Canada
3:30, Slovakia – Czech Republic
I’m going to take the day off. Going to the Irish Pub, 20th & Walnut Streets. They open at 11. Who else is coming?
USA 4, RUS 5 FINAL
USA comes right back only to see Esche give up a weak one.
SVK 3, SWE 0 FINAL
Sweden loses one they wanted to anyway.
Switzerland ties Italy, secures second in pool
The Swiss (2-1-2) were the most perplexing of the 12 teams in round-robin play, upsetting gold medal favorite Canada and the world champion Czech Republic only to tie weak non-qualifiers Germany and Italy in their final two Group A games.
Finland got through its final preliminary game without an injury, avoiding the only thing that could’ve made their Olympic match against Germany matter.
The goals came, as Wayne Gretzky predicted they would. Martin Brodeur played like a gold-medal winning goalie, too.
That doesn’t mean Canada solved all its problems during an encouraging but far-from-perfect performance one day before the Olympic men’s hockey games start to count.