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No surprises: Quick will start for U.S. in quarterfinal

Feb 18, 2014, 10:19 AM EDT

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Jonathan Quick #32 of the United States makes a save against Russia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

Ryan Miller might have been the Americans’ hero at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but they’re hoping Jonathan Quick leads them to a gold medal in Sochi.

After strong showings in the United States’ round robin games against Slovakia and Russia, the team will have Quick  between the pipes in Wednesday’s quarterfinal game, per NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.

U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma was dealt a strong hand when asked to pick between Miller and Quick. Both are superb goaltenders and obviously Miller’s past success in the Olympics can’t be ignored, but Quick showed a knack during the 2012 and 2013 playoffs for being able to elevate his game in key matches.

Meanwhile, Miller hasn’t played in a postseason contest since 2011.

America will play against the winner of the qualification round match between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Good luck, Quickie!!

    And for heaven’s sake, please spare us another round of 70+ comments on a story about your net being off its moorings. In fact, to please the doubters, never even TOUCH the net. ;)

    Go, USA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • thailer35 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Pat I know you are kidding obviously, but please, for the love of all thing’s good and holy, Quick, DO NOT never touch the net. Touch it all you want. Hug that post whenever you need to.

    • uscthom78 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Quick should be legitimate enough to be able to win without resorting to cheating.

      • uscthom78 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Also I assume Lombardi is in Sochi. Please keep him away from the clock. I want us to win in a honorable fashion.

  2. blomfeld - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    THE CHOICE IS ‘YOURS’ COMRADE, GOLD OR LEAD ?

    I too wish Quick and the US team all the best ! … go get ‘em Jonathan and bring home gold for America ! :)

    Nonetheless, it’s what ‘then’ happens to Ovechkin that now has me seriously concerned ? Because if the US does win as I believe they will, then you just know that there are going to be ‘grave’ repercussions for Ovechkin and company. And as Martha Stewart might say, that would ‘not’ be a good thing … :(

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      blom, I’ve read your comments about Ovi … several times. A bit dramatic.

      If Russia doesn’t medal, he won’t disappear. His performance with the Caps for the remainder of the season might be impacted. And that’s all.

      Go right ahead and be ‘seriously’ concerned. I’m not.

      • sjsblitz - Feb 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        You actually read his comments? I just thumbs down and keep scrolling

      • blomfeld - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        No Pat, he obviously won’t ‘disappear’ into thin air. However, if you think that Putin will simply say to him after … ‘look, don’t worry about it pal, it was only a lousy 51 billion” … then you’re obviously a very naive person. There will be repercussions, no two ways about it. And those repercussions will most likely be of the ‘financial and psychological’ variety. As a consequence, I also empathize with the Capital fans, as their hero and star player is likely to return to Washington as ‘damaged’ goods should the Russians fail to win gold.

      • blomfeld - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Person A: can you believe that ‘certain’ people care about getting thumbs ?

        Person B: yeah, I actually can … pretty pathetic when you think about it …

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:19 AM

        “… then you’re obviously a very naive person.”

        This from a guy who wrote a week or so ago in a post that he supports Putin.

        Talk about naïve!

  3. kingsfan93 - Feb 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    For people to think that John Quick touched the post by it going off its moorings need bigger glasses to actually see what happen in the game against Russia. If still not convinced, then that because they either are; 1. Bitter about it 2. Against team U.S.A (or) 3. They don’t like J. Quick.

    Plain and simple!

    • blomfeld - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Hear Hear Kingsfan93 !

      You know friend, there’s one more possible explanation and that’s ‘envy’ … pure and simple. We Kings are the last team to win the Stanley Cup based on a regulation 82 x game season (AKA ‘reigning’ champions) and it bugs these people to no end ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ps: I think that this video footage will ‘forever’ bring tears of joy to my eyes ! :)

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    But not the last team to win a cup bases on a full 16 win, 4 series, best of 7 playoff. I also read fans over and over say “the regular season doesn’t matter”. Sounds like you’re stuck on a persistent pretext for a cheap-shot.

    Pretty clear what the Kings need to do to succeed this year – actually score some goals.

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