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Team USA defeats Switzerland 2-0, set to play winner of Czech Republic/Finland

It's somewhat upsetting to see such a good game more or less go to waste while a good majority of people are still at work.  Nonetheless, US fans will have another opportunity to watch their team in the next round thanks to a 2-0 win over Switzerland.

This one was scoreless for two solid periods of play thanks in part to some pretty outstanging goaltending on both sides of the puck.  Ryan Miller recorded a 19-save shutout, the first time the US held the opposition to a goose egg since Mike Richter did it in 2002.  On the other side of the rink, Jonas Hiller played completely out of his mind.  41 saves is outstanding anyway you look at it, but unfortunately for Hiller (and fortunately for US fans) the Swiss team just couldn't get the offense rolling. 

Close call at the very end of the second period.  The US had the puck deep in the Swiss zone and attacked the cage as the last few seconds of the period were winding down.  Hiller stopped a shot, deflected it up into the air and inadvertently knocked it into his own net.  Upon further review, the goal was disallowed but if even two-tenths of second more existed it definitely would've been a goal.  It was that close.

Zach Parise scored the first goal two minutes into the third and later tagged the empty netter to seal the deal and advance the US to the next round.  Keep in mind you may want to keep an eye on the Czech Republic/Finland game.  Winner of that one will take on the US Friday night.