February 19, 2006
Caught up in Swiss abyssQuinn wants Canada to learn from its mistakes
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Toronto Sun
TURIN -- Does Switzerland believe in miracles? The Swiss do now ... much to the chagrin of Team Canada coach Pat Quinn.
After a stunning 2-0 loss to Switzerland in a preliminary-round game yesterday, Quinn warned that this has to be a wake-up call or the defending gold-medal champs will leave the Olympics empty-handed.
While fans were partying in Zurich, living rooms in Canada were in silence as Swiss goalie Martin Gerber slayed the giant with 49 saves.
This might have been the biggest win in Swiss hockey history, but it had Quinn fuming.
"We didn't adjust. We didn't move our feet. We didn't play real smart on the power play," Quinn said. "We played into the strong checking hands of the Swiss. We tried to adjust and we talked about it, but we didn't do a very good job. We have talent, but it's only one part of this whole thing. If we don't learn from that, we'll be going home early."
Quinn also criticized defenceman Chris Pronger for a cross-checking penalty that led to the game's second goal -- the second of the game for Sault Ste. Marie's Paul DiPietro.
"You cross-check a guy twice you're going to get called," Quinn said. "You have to play with discipline to be successful."
What bothered Quinn the most was how badly Canada failed in its first real test of the Games, after easy wins over the Italians (7-2) and Germany (5-1) to start.
The Swiss used their speed and it looked as if Canada couldn't react. It should be noted, the Canadians did have two goals called back. One came with Todd Bertuzzi in the crease in the first period and the other sparked a seven-minute delay in the second period when it appeared Rick Nash had put the puck past Gerber.
But with Gerber's glove covering the puck and the camera installed in an inopportune place, referee Viacheslav Bulanov of Russia ruled it no goal because it was inconclusive.
"We all thought it was in," said winger Dany Heatley.
"With the video now, if you can't see the puck, then it doesn't count, but that would have been a big goal for us in the second period. It might have helped to change the momentum a little bit."
Did Gerber think it was a goal?
"No, but some people have a different opinion," Gerber said.
Naturally, it didn't matter. Canada knows it needs to do a better job. The club went 0-for-12 on the power play and couldn't fight past the Swiss checking to get to rebounds.
"They were aggressive and they forechecked hard," Pronger said. "They were a tough team for us to play against.
"We got some momentum by trying to play physical, but we weren't able to get it going.
"We just found out that anybody can knock anybody off.
"I just think when you have as many chances as we had, you have to make sure that you're successful."
Canada plays Finland today.