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“I’m not going to rip my guys,” Simpson said.

The Swiss (1-1) may have to win in the qualification round to reach the quarterfinals even if they beat the Jaromir Jagr-led Czechs on Saturday to finish second in their group.

Swiss goalie Reto Berra stopped 30 shots, starting in place of Jonas Hiller.

Simpson said Hiller will face the Czechs in both team’s final preliminary-round matchup, adding he’ll make his choice in net on a game-by-game basis.

In the second game for both teams, the Swiss got off to a strong start. They outshot Sweden 13-5 in the first and didn’t have anything to show for it after the scoreless period.

Sweden bounced back with a better second period with almost twice as many shots as the Swiss in the period, but it was still scoreless. In the end, the Swedes made the saves and skated hard.

Marts said Alfredsson’s game-winning goal showed why he’s on the roster even though he’s one of the oldest athletes in Sochi.

“He’s one of the most-skilled players I’ve ever seen,” Marts said. “He’s so smart and his hands are still really good.”