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US looks to keep taking care of business

Team USA and Switzerland are both moving on to the medal round and the US can clinch a first-round bye with a win tonight at 8. The Americans took care of business Thursday night against overmatched Germany, posting a 4-0 win in which they really could have named their score. In three games, they have outscored their opponents, 13-3.

"We're really pleased," coach Keith Allain said today. "It's an identity I hoped we'd develop and we have. You win championships with good defensive play and I think we've been great on that side on the puck."

Nino Niederreiter, the top Islanders prospect who was taken fifth overall in last June's draft, has two goals in the tournament for Switzerland and is certainly a dangerous player.

"He's their key offensive guy," Allain said. "He appears he's doing a lot of it by himself but you never play one guy in hockey. Our impressions of Switzerland are that they appear to be a more aggressive forechecking team than Swiss teams of the past so we'll be ready for that."

Team USA has taken over the Sabres' locker room for the tournament. Check it out:

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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