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Quick gets first Olympic start over Miller

Feb 12, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

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Jonathan Quick will get the U.S. hockey team’s first start instead of Ryan Miller, USA Hockey announced on Wednesday. The United States faces Slovakia tomorrow.

Even in a quick tournament like the 2014 Olympics, head coaches reserve the right to rotate goalies, so this doesn’t guarantee that Dan Bylsma is going with Quick over Miller in the grand scheme of things. Still, plenty of people will read it as such.

Slovakia’s most dangerous forwards include Marian Hossa, Richard Panik and Tomas Tatar. Quick will also need to deal with Zdeno Chara‘s record-breaking slappers.

Miller, 33, put together an MVP performance in the 2010 Olympics to guide the U.S. to a silver medal. Quick, 28, won the Conn Smythe Trophy on his way to a Stanley Cup victory in 2011-12. As far as this season goes, Miller has the better individual numbers while Quick holds the superior win-loss record.

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    Tomorrow 7:30am cant come soon enough!

    • qauzaq - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      4:30 AM for me but I’m still just as excited! I hope the US kills it because school is going to suck after so little sleep haha. USA USA!

  2. thomasvanek - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    There goes any chance team USA has at getting a metal.

  3. westsidewilly - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    If the intent is to rotate goalies, they might have been better off starting Miller in the first game and then rotating in Quick. Miller is quite moody and could get a chip on his shoulder if he feels he’s been slighted. He’s had a great season, but see his mediocre performance post-Lucic collision, before this season. Maybe Bylsma’s told him he’s in goal to face the Russians next, a far bigger challenge? That might assuage any hurt feelings.

    Ultimately, though, whoever’s in goal, U-S-A!!

  4. cybernetikghost - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Stanley Cup beats Olympic Silver all day, every day. Especially when it’s won in the fashion that Quick did it.

  5. teramarus - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Quick is starting the gimme games so Miller does not have to play 4 games in 6 days. Miller will be starting the one game that matters against Russia on Saturday, likely rest Sunday and then play the rest of the games that matter starting Tuesday.

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