Canada jumps to early lead, downs Swiss in Olympic opener

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"I think it puts us in a spot as far as confidence goes", Canadian coach Laura Schuler said.

Canada opened its campaign at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with a 5-1 win over Switzerland on Thursday. "We have a lot of guys that have the ability to score, and we're going to need all our lines to score for us to be good in this tournament".

Or at least that was the message he was hoping would permeate through his locker room should the US face Canada again, in a week, with Olympic gold on the line. Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win gold at the Olympics.

Asked if it felt even better to win the game after the controversy, Dupont replied: "It does".

Kendall Coyne broke through for the the third period, splitting the defense just 23 seconds in, but despite a renewed vigor, it was the only one of the Americans' 45 that would get past Lacasse. So many times, they were right there at the goal, from a thwarted penalty shot by Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson to a slapshot clanging off the post by Kessel. Or later in the second when Brianna Decker rifled a slapshot past Lacasse that ricocheted off the outside of the post. Or a few minutes later when Knight found herself alone in front of the net and couldn't get a shot off on a lovely centering pass.

"We can play a little looser now because we came in as team number 10 (of 10)", said Denmark second Julie Hogh. "I'll have to look at the video".

Games between these teams are full of scrambling dangers, full of chances to score, and the Americans had more than their share.

"No, no, nope, nope, no", he said. But if, on the other hand, they're moving the puck with speed, those problems won't be glaring.

Added Lamourex-Davidson: "We had our opportunities".

"It was good for us to get out and get a couple of goals early".

It was poetic, in a murky sort of way, that the game ended with a pile of bodies pushing, shoving, kicking and clawing in front of the Canadian goal.

Both of Canada's goals came in an eight-minute span in the second period, Meghan Agosta first taking a pass from Natalie Sponner and flicking a wrister off USA goalie Maddie Rooney's left pad and into the net.

Top cheese refers to a shot to the top of the hockey net, and Gino is a term for a goal. First goal scored in the Olympics.

After a review, officials decided Haley Irwin kicked in the puck and ruled no goal midway through the period.

Hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics continues with some Group A action between Canada and the Czech Republic on Friday, February 16. And despite occasional promising showings from Finland and Sweden and, lately, Switzerland, the top step of the medal stand more than likely will be occupied by Canada or the U.S. Ferdinand Dahl, 19, is on the rise and recently finished second at a U.S. Grand Prix event.

A few weeks before the Games began, Team Canada announced longtime National Hockey League assistant coach Perry Pearn was joining the coaching staff as an adviser.

"We have to keep getting better", Desjardins said. Kendal Coyne agreed, suggesting the US would take that game 10 times out of 10. "I know it sounds redundant". It was a solid coaching move by someone who knew exactly what her team needed at that moment. The question is whether or not it will come in the next week. They can point to Canadian defenceman Renata Fast having to sweep a puck off the goal line, or the puck that hit a post and came straight back out and somehow eluded the back of Lacasse's pads, or a dozen other almost plays.

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