The United States Men’s Hockey Team opened its Olympic tournament play with a 7-1 throttling of Slovakia on Thursday. Almost immediately after the game ending, questions began floating around about who will start in net for Team USA on Saturday against Russia.
Head Coach Dan Bylsma left reporters and fans wondering just who will get the start by refusing to answer questions about the goaltending after his team’s Olympic-opening victory. The team started Los Angeles Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick against the Slovaks, and he backstopped USA with 22 saves on the day. Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, the tournament MVP at the 2010 games in Vancouver, was expected to get the start against Russia. However, plans may have changed after watching Quick’s performance on Thursday.
Team USA faces Russia on Saturday which gives them a little under 48 hours to figure out which netminder will be the man to lead them into battle. It’s expected that the starter will be unveiled after practice on Friday.
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