USA-Switzerland First Period Thoughts: Less Hiller Please

This is the type of game that is extremely dangerous for the United States, with Jonas Hiller playing out of his mind on one of the ice and and Ryan Miller a bit bored on the other. One goal by the Swiss and it could be a backbreaker for the USA as they've outplayed Switzerland for the most part, but so far have nothing to show for it.

After outshooting the Swiss 18-4 in the first period, the United States needs to find some way to take advantage of the opportunities they've been given. What they cannot allow is to continue to push and push and then get caught out of position, giving the Swiss another big chance on the other end of the ice.

Jonas Hiller is beat when he gets moving laterally; US players are getting good chances but most are from straight on, shots that Hiller can see. More traffic out front, and better shots up high. Joe Pavelski nearly scored through a screen, but his shot clanged off the post and away from trouble.

Follow along and discuss the game with other hockey fans in SB Nation's live game thread.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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