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Quick named starter for Team USA in opener vs. Slovakia

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TSN.ca Staff
2/12/2014 8:46:26 AM
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Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma announced on Wednesday that Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will get the start in net when his team opens the men's Olympic hockey tournament against Slovakia on Thursday.

Quick, who was the third string goalie on the silver medal team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, gets the nod between the pipes over Buffalo Sabres keeper Ryan Miller and Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard.

The 28-year-old netminder has a 2.18 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 32 games this season for the Kings.

He helped lead the Kings to the 2011/12 Stanley Cup and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP.

Here are Wednesday's USA practice lines:

Forwards

Dustin Brown - Ryan Kesler - Patrick Kane
James van Riemsdyk - Joe Pavelski - Phil Kessel
Zach Parise - David Backes - Ryan Callahan
Max Pacioretty - Paul Stastny - T.J. Oshie
Blake Wheeler, Derek Stepan extras

Defence

Ryan Suter - Paul Martin
Cam Fowler - John Carlson
Ryan McDonagh - Kevin Shattenkirk
Brooks Orpik - Justin Faulk 

Jonathan Quick (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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