Jonathan Quick, Sergei Bobrovsky to start U.S.-Russia tilt
Group A heavyweights face off Saturday
Goalie Jonathan Quick will get his second straight Olympic start for the Americans in Sochi for arguably their most crucial test against Russia on Saturday (streaming live at olympics.cbc.ca, 7:30 a.m. ET), head coach Dan Bylsma announced.
Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Russians.
Quick, the Los Angeles Kings' goaltender, won his Olympic debut Thursday in a 7-1 rout over Slovakia in Group A, and Bylsma said he wanted to stick with the hot hand.
"He played real well in Game 1," Bylsma said. "I thought there were periods of inactivity in that game and he had to stay sharp, stay focused, and it was followed by two or three big saves he had to make. I thought he played real well in the game, and again in the next game he will."
The 28-year-old native of Milford, Conn., made 22 stops for the defending silver medallists but they are now up against a much more powerful offence in Alexander Ovechkin's Russian squad.
Quick was Ryan Miller's backup at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, but Miller — the MVP four years ago — is still looking for his first action at the Sochi Games.
After facing the host Russia, the Americans' next test is against Slovenia on Sunday (streaming live at cbc.ca/olympics, 7:30 a.m. ET).
(With files from The Associated Press)