May 8, 2012
Sutter: Swiss no easy matchup
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
HELSINKI - A 5-2 win by Finland over Switzerland has set up a Wednesday Canada-Switzerland game which could set up Friday's Canada-Finland game to be for first place in the Helsinki pool of the world hockey championships.
Canada coach Brent Sutter said there's no danger of taking the Swiss for granted, especially after having experienced two one-goal pre-tournament games against them in Switzerland, one in a shootout.
"We won't have to tell them the Swiss play hard and compete extra hard against Canada," he said of the team which in the last four official meetings won in 2006 at the Olympics, won at the 2010 world championships and lost in overtime in both the 2010 Olympics and 2011 Worlds.
"It's one of those teams that just don't go away."
Sutter won't have Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows back for the game but had him back on the ice wearing a no-contact jersey at practice Tuesday.
"It went well," said the coach.
"It was fun to be back on the ice," said Burrows who is going through NHL concussion protocol after hitting the back of his head on the ice in the first period of the opening game of the tournament.
"I feel fine right now. I felt fine the same night and I haven't had any of the post-concussion symptoms.
"In 2007 in a series against Dallas I had the same thing. I was a bit wobby coming off the ice in Game 1, didn't play Game 2 but then played Game 3-4-5-6-7."