With goaltending in check, U.S. needs offensive boost

Updated: February 19, 2006, 5:12 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

TORINO, Italy -- For two straight nights, Rick DiPietro has turned in the kind of performance that USA Hockey officials were quietly praying for.

For two straight nights, it was not enough.

In spite of holding the talented Swedes to two goals on 26 shots Sunday night, the Americans dropped a 2-1 decision to go to 1-2-1 in the round robin portion of the tournament.

The fact that Latvia has been drubbed by a cumulative 21-6 score since tying the Americans on opening ...

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