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Quick gets starting nod over Sabres' Miller in opening game for U.S.

By John Vogl

Ryan Miller may not get another chance at Olympic glory.

United States coach Dan Bylsma announced that Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the opening game against Slovakia on Thursday.

"He's a great goalie and he's going to do great for us,'' Miller told reporters in Russia. "We'll see where it goes from here, and I'll be ready to play.''

Bylsma would not say whether Quick will start the entire tournament, but it's hard to see the coach turning to a possibly rusty Miller for the second game when the United States plays host Russia. Of course, Quick's play in the opener will play a significant role.

"I'm fortunate for the opportunity,'' Quick said, "and I'll just try to make the most of it.''

Miller was named the most outstanding player in the 2010 Olympics, when he led Team USA to a silver medal.

"We're dealing with a position of strength when it comes to the goaltender decision,'' Bylsma said.

Canada, meanwhile, announced that Montreal's Carey Price will play the opener against Norway. Roberto Luongo will start the second game against Austria.

"We're all here to play for Team Canada, man,'' said Luongo, who backstopped Canada to the gold in 2010. "We're all pulling on the same rope. It's a team game right now. It's not about Roberto Luongo or Carey Price or Mike Smith. It's about being a part of Team Canada. It doesn't matter what role you're given. You have to embrace it and accept it.''

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