by Ralph Routon
We're a long way from Olympic hockey medals, but the United States men definitely have awakened in the second period of their Winter Games opener against Switzerland.
With goals from Ryan Malone and David Backes, the Americans now have a 3-0 lead and appear to have avoided the danger of a first-game setback.
Canada and Norway, the other two teams in Pool A, will play later this afternoon. The U.S. faces Norway on Thursday and Canada on Sunday before moving on to the medal round.