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Updated: February 14th, 2014 1:06am
Wild's Mikael Granlund impresses in his Olympic debut for Finland

Wild's Mikael Granlund impresses in his Olympic debut for Finland

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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One game in, a glance at the Minnesota Wild's four Olympians

Team Finland

Mikael Granlund's first run in the 2014 Winter Olympics is only one game, but it has been a memorable one.

The 21-year-old Wild forward left an impression in his Olympic debut by scoring a pair of goals to fuel Finland's 8-4 opening round romp over Austria on Thursday in Sochi, Russia.

Granlund scored Finland's first and last goals of the game, adding an assist for a three-point outing.

The Finns don't get much of a break as they are slated to take on Norway Friday evening (11 a.m. CT).

Team USA

It was about as good of a start as the United States could have asked for. Powered by a co-Olympic record six-goal second period, the US easily took down Group A foe Slovakia in a 7-1 rout.

USA captain Zach Parise and his fellow Wild teammate Ryan Suter were kept relatively quiet - 0 goals, 0 assists.

A much-anticipated showdown with the Sochi Games' host, Russia, await the United State in their second game Saturday.

Team Switzerland

Wild defenseman Nino Niederreiter's Switzerland squad made things dramatic in its opening game Wednesday.

Switzerland's Simon Moser scored with just 7.9 seconds left in the third period to sneak past Latvia with a 1-0 shutout.

Niederreiter had a key chance in the opening period for an Olympic debut goal, but Latvia goalie Edgar Masalskis made an impressive stop to keep Switzerland scoreless.

Switzerland returns to the ice Friday against the Czech Republic.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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