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Olympic Three Stars: Hiller blanks Latvia; Karlsson’s pair leads Sweden

Sean Leahy
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No. 1 Star: Jonas Hiller, Switzerland

It went down to the end, but the Swiss came out on top thanks to a goal by Simon Moser with 7.9 second left in regulation for a 1-0 win over Latvia. Hiller was solid in net stopping 21 shots and earning his first Olympic shutout.

No. 2 Star: Erik Karlsson, Sweden

The Swedes built up a 4-0 lead after 24 minute of play with Karlsson netting a pair, including one on the power play, as they doubled up the Czech Republic 4-2. Sweden next plays Friday against Switzerland.

No. 3 Star: Simon Moser, Switzerland

Everyone thought it was Nino Niederreiter putting home the winning goal for the Swiss, but replays showed it was Moser's pass going in off a Latvian defender.

Honorable mention: Edgars Masalskis, Latvia's goaltender, was outstanding in defeat making 38 saves ... Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Karlsson defense partner, assisted on both of Sweden's opening goals ... Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves for his eight career Olympic win. He also assisted on their second goal.

Did You Know? The last time an Olympic men's game was scoreless through regulation was 1948 -- Canada vs. Czechoslovakia (Kenny Albert, NBC)

Dishonorable mention: Latvia has not won an Olympic game since the 2002 tournament ... Czech goalie Jakub Kovar lasted just 20:51, facing 10 shots and was pulled after allowing three goals.

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