Boyle, Team Canada Searching for Answers
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Dan Boyle and his Canadian Olympic hockey teammates look as if they could use a day off.
They won't get it.
Team USA knocked off Canada 5-3 Sunday at Canada Hockey Place to win their pool at the Vancouver Olympics and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it.
Boyle, a defenseman for the San Jose Sharks, couldn't pinpoint a reason why the host team is struggling. In its previous game, Canada was forced into a shootout by Switzerland.
"I can't put my finger on it right now," Boyle said. "We've got to capitalize on our chances. And the goals we're giving up, there's some mistakes being made there."
The Americans needed just 22 shots to push four goals past Martin Brodeur. They did so by thrusting bodies in front of the crease, screening Brodeur and deflecting slapshots from the blue line.
Coach Mike Babcock said he will consider the unthinkable - pulling Brodeur, arguably the greatest goaltender in history - and using Roberto Luongo in Tuesday's playoff opener against Germany. He planned to review game tape first Sunday night.
"I hate to say it, but I think we just need to play more games," Brodeur said. "There's things we need to work on, and hopefully that extra game will give us just that."
Boyle said he was happy to give up a day of rest as well.
"We need to win a hockey game, so if it takes an extra game, so be it," he said. "We need to find our way here and find it quick."