OLYMPIC HOCKEY RECAP - DAY THREE: LIGHTNING PLAYERS HELD POINTLESS ON DAY THREE
Despite being tied for the team lead in shots, Brad Richards and his Canadian teammates lost for the first time at the Olympics in a, 2-0, setback against Switzerland. Richards and Martin St. Louis combined for nine shots on goal but could not beat Carolina Hurricanes netminder Martin Gerber. Fredrik Modin and team Sweden got back on the winning track, downing Latvia, 6-1. The United States also felt defeat for the first time with a, 2-1, loss to Slovakia.
In what is arguably the biggest upset of the tournament to date the high powered Canadian offense was held off the scoreboard despite peppering Gerber with 49 shots on goal and Switzerland being called for 17 penalties. Richards recorded seven shots and St. Louis had two but like their teammates could not beat Gerber. Canada had two goals disallowed following booth reviews.
Modin fired a team-high six shots on goal and finished the game with plus-1 rating as Sweden got back on track following a disappointing loss to Russian on Thursday.
The United States, with Rick DiPietro in the net for the second consecutive game, dropped their first game of the tournament to Slovakia in a tightly played, 2-1, game.
In Saturday's finale Finland downed Vaclav Prospal and Pavel Kubina's Czech squad, 4-2, to improve their undefeated record. Prospal was tied for the team lead in shots with four and Kubina had three.