Canada suffer scare before seeing off Swiss

Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:31pm EST
 
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By Steve Keating

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada narrowly avoided another shock against Switzerland when Sidney Crosby scored the only goal in a shootout to give the hosts a 3-2 win in a men's Olympic hockey nailbiter on Thursday.

A contest that was supposed to be another small step toward the gold medal final for Canada became a major hurdle as the Swiss rekindled memories of the Turin Games four years ago when the Alpine nation pulled off the biggest upset in its hockey history beating the reigning Olympic champions 2-0.

The Swiss appeared poised to record an even bigger surprise as they clawed back from two goals down in front of a raucous Canadian crowd to force a shootout.

Crosby fired a laser past Jonas Hiller, who had been spectacular in the Swiss net, to give Canada the advantage.

The spotlight then shifted to Canadian netminder Martin Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, who denied final Swiss shooter Martin Pluss to seal the win.

(Editing by Miles Evans)

 
<p>Canada's Sidney Crosby (L) with a nose injury drives to the net on Switzerland's Mark Streit during their men's preliminary round ice hockey match at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 18, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk</p>