Switzerland : Hiller Always Had Big Shoes



One thing was always certain for Switzerland goaltender JONAS HILLER at this year’s Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

The Anaheim Ducks backstop had big shoes to fill considering the quality goaltending the Swiss, for the most part, received at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

DAVID AEBISCHER had a strong game as Switzerland were able to upset the Czech Republic 3-2 in the Italian Alps.

MARTIN GERBER, who was injured this winter for Moscow-based  HK Atlant Mytsichy and a late scratch for coach RALPH KRUEGER, turned in a phenomenal pereformance against Canada in Turin.

Gerber stopped all 49 shots fired his direction as Switzerland absolutely stunned the high-octane offense of Canada. Included in the barrage was the 24-1 shot disparity suffered by the Swiss in the third period. Nevertheless, the former National Hockey Leaguer stood tall between the pipes for Switzerland.  

Here, RICK NASH of Canada is absolutely robbed by the genuine thievery of Gerber :


The puck was ruled to have never completely crossed the goalline and, thus, the-then Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Gerber was able to go on to garner the gigantic shutout for Switzerland in the 2-0 defeat of Canada.

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