Against Switzerland and Norway they controlled the flow of the game, dominated control of the puck and won the first game with by a handy 3-1 score. Yet the glaring mistakes against clearly inferior opponents has many worried how the United States will fare when facing Canada.
Against Norway, it’s been the play of Ryan Miller that has kept the United States from facing early-tournament disaster. Norway had just seven shots in the second period, but at least five were prime scoring opportunities. For USA to even come close medal contention, they need roll through these first few games before taking on tougher competition.