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SOCHI, Russia – It was the third game of the Olympics for the Canadians in Torino, Italy when the wall of Martin Gerber emerged in shocking fashion. Gerber stopped each and every one of the 49 shots peppered by Team Canada en route to a highly improbable 2-0 victory for Switzerland. In a two-week tournament like the Olympics, goaltending performances of that caliber have the potential to shock, rattle and awe even the most powerful foes, hindering medal hopes with save after unlikely save. Eight years after Gerber shook up what was an ultimately doomed 2006 Canadian bid – they finished seventh – lies another Swiss goaltender in Jonas Hiller capable of doing the same, if not more, at the Sochi Olympics. "Every year at a tournament like this you need a good goalkeeper to have success," said Andreas Ambuhl, a winger for Switzerland and teammate of Hiller for years with Davos in the Swiss League, "especially a team like us." Switzerland is still buzzing from a silver medal finish at the 2013 World Championships – the now 39-year-old Gerber teaming with Calgary netminder Reto Berra – and though they have no grand illusions about their chances at these Olympics, possession of a goaltender like Hiller poses at least the possibility of a little unlikely noise. Hiller is back to top form in Anaheim after a couple bumpy seasons punctuated by injuries. The 31-year-old stopped 36 of 38 shots in his final game before the Olympics and owns a .943 save percentage in his last five starts. "Theres no doubt," said Swiss head coach Sean Simpson, a Canadian and former Chicago Blackhawks draft pick who has yet to actually coach Hiller during his four-year run as bench boss of Switzerlands national program. "Any of the goalies, they stand on their head they can make a difference in a one-game scenario thats for sure." Simpson would consider a trip to the quarterfinals as success for his squad, which sits in a group with Sweden, Latvia and the Czech Republic. In the past 50 years the Swiss have never finished higher than sixth which they managed during that unlikely 06 run with Gerber at the forefront. Sizzling efforts in goal have the potential to alter the face of the Olympics, both for powerhouses like Canada, who must decide between Carey Price and Roberto Luongo, and lesser limelight squads like the Swiss. Its why Finland still holds dark-horse medal potential despite losing potential captain Mikko Koivu and second centre Valteri Filpulla to injury. With Tuukka Rask, Antii Niemi and Kari Lehtonen as sterling options between the pipes, the Finns have the goods in goal to rattle more than a few cages. It was during those same 06 Olympics in Torino that then-Flyers goaltender and Finnish product Antero Niittymaki carried his country to a silver medal – they fell to Sweden, who was led by Henrik Lundqvist – leading the tournament with a mighty .951 save percentage. One need only remember the heroic efforts of Dominik Hasek in 1998. Hasek allowed just six goals in Nagano – posting a crazy .971 save percentage – willing the Czech Republic to their first and only gold medal. "Theres going to be lots of strong goalies here," said Simpson. "Jonas, hes got a great personality and hes going to give the team a lot of confidence when hes in net there for sure." Dave Karpa Jersey . The start of the seasons fifth and final major was delayed two hours due to heavy rain in the area. The tournament eventually began, but with water on the greens and the rain persisting, players were called back to the clubhouse less than an hour after the first group teed off. Matt Beleskey Jersey . 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Both those goals came with the teams playing four on four. 29 seconds later, with the Jets penalty over and the Winnipeg now on a power play, Keaton Ellerby scored his first as a Jet to tie the game. It was three goals in a span of 48 seconds. At 11:03 Jonathan Toews regained the lead for Chicago with his 11th of the year, but 2:27 later the Jets again tied the game with a five on three power play goal by Dustin Byfuglien, his sixth goal of the season. Byfuglien has now scored four of the Jets five power play goals over the past four games. His goal streak is at four as is his point streak (5-2-7). He has now scored six goals in the last six games. The Jets outshot Chicago 14-8 in the second. Winnipeg started the third with a couple of chances before the Hawks scored two 2:11 apart to put the game away. Marian Hossa with his 10th and Ben Smith with his third regained Chicagos two goal lead. Patrick Shaarp ended it with an empty net goal, his eighth while Toews ended with a four-point night, his fourth career four-point game.ddddddddddddnbsp;So for the second straight game the Jets fought back to tie the game but could not get the lead. It was another two-point night for Bryan Little, he had one Monday vs Calgary, who now moves into third place in franchise scoring behind Ilya Kovalchuk and Slava Kozlov. Ladd and Byfuglien also had two-point nights for the Jets. Ladd had six shots on goal as did Byfuglien, his second straight six-shot game. “It became evident we have a ways to go,” said coach Claude Noel. “We didnt have enough good players, enough strong players. We lost a lot of battles.” When asked if he was concerned about players not getting up for one of the top teams, “yes, that would be correct,” was his response. Captain Andrew Ladd said post game, “some guys showed up, some guys didnt.” Byfuglien had 28:20 in ice time to lead the team. Little had a tough first period in the face-off department; he got better as the game went on but still finished at 26%. Devin Setoguchi saw only one shift in the third, while for Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler its now 10 games without a goal. Jets close out the three-game home stand Saturday afternoon against Minnesota (TSN Jets, TSN 1290), and then leave on a six-game road trip, all games against Eastern Conference opponents. Saturday could see the return of Mark Stuart who has missed the past 10 games because of injury. ' ' '
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