Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Quick Beats out Bishop, Schneider for U.S. Goaltending Job

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest: Quick Beats out Bishop, Schneider for U.S. Goaltending Job

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Quick gets call for U.S. over Bishop, Schneider

Jonathan Quick's sublime play in a Team USA jersey outweighed some recent struggles with the Los Angeles Kings as coach John Tortorella named him the starting goaltender going into the World Cup of Hockey tournament. Tortorella called his choice of Quick over former Blue and St. Louis native Ben Bishop, as well as Cory Schneider, "a very tough decision."

Goalie situations finally are coming into clear focus with the tournament beginning Saturday, and some decisions are easier than others.

Carey Price is a no-brainer for Canada and Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden. Matt Murray should be the man for Team North America, even if no one is saying so, and coach Ralph Krueger strongly implied former Blue Jaroslav Halak will start for Team Europe in its opener on Saturday against the United States.

Quick's .954 save percentage in exhibition games and his dominant performance at the Sochi Olympics made the decision easy for Tortorella, even if Bishop and Schneider have been more consistent in the NHL lately.

"I believe in the body of work from all three goalies," Tortorella said. "I think Jonathan has just done a little bit better than the other guys, so he'll be our No. 1 guy to start the tournament."

Murray seems to have earned the nod for the North American team made up for 23-and-under U.S. and Canadian players by winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh and by playing well in exhibition action. Other teams haven't had such strong play in net.

Michal Neuvirth vs. Petr Mrazek is coming down to the wire for the Czech Republic, but the writing is also on the wall for Sergei Bobrovsky over Semyon Varlamov with Russia.

In a tune-up game for the tourney, Ryan Getzlaf beat Bobrovsky and scored on a breakaway at 3:29 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 victory over Russia in Pittsburgh. …

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