Brodeur, Canada prep for Swiss showdown

Wednesday, 02.17.2010 / 3:39 PM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur, Canada prep for Swiss showdown
Brodeur seeks strong start vs. Swiss on Thursday.
Martin Brodeur knows anything can happen in a short tournament.

Even though Team Canada opened their Olympic tournament with Tuesday's dominating 8-0 win over Norway, Brodeur said Wednesday that they'll need a solid game to defeat Switzerland on Thursday. Brodeur is set to make his first start of the 2010 Vancouver Games after Roberto Luongo posted 15 saves to blank the Norwegians.

The Swiss are coming off a 3-1 loss to Team USA, but Brodeur won't take anything for granted. He was between the pipes four years ago in Torino when Team Canada outshot Switzerland, 49-18, only to lose a 2-0 shocker.

Newjerseydevils.com caught up with Brodeur by phone on Wednesday to talk about the Olympic atmosphere and Team Canada's upcoming matchup.

How was Canada's first victory?
Brodeur: It was fun. I think everybody was waiting a little bit for the expectation and how people would react. I think there was some nervousness to get prepared for that first game, now it’s all in the past. Now we’re focused on getting ourselves ready for the next game and knowing what to expect about playing in the Olympics. We have a lot of newcomers on our team, so it was important to get a game under our belts.

What can you take from the U.S. win over Switzerland?
Brodeur: I’m sure we’ll take a look at the tapes to see how Switzerland was able to play a tight game against the Americans and make sure we try to play them solid. We’ve had our own issues in the past with the Swiss team, so we’ll definitely be ready for them.

What's on the schedule today?
Brodeur: We have a late practice so we got the morning off to hang out with our family in Vancouver. We’ve been talking around trading pins and my kids are having a blast.

How's the atmosphere in Vancouver?
Brodeur: It’s pretty electric. The weather’s nice, it’s 45 to 50 degrees out and sunny, so we’re able to walk around and meet people from different countries. It’s pretty cool.