After coming into the Winter Games as one of the least-favored teams on the ice, the Germans have put together a respectable start. Though they opened the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Finland, afterwards they only lost 1-0 game to Sweden before picking up their first win of the Olympics in a 2-1 shootout victory against Norway.
On Tuesday, Germany took on Switzerland with a quarterfinal date against Sweden on the line, as the Swiss lost their preliminary-round games to Canada and the Czech Republic by a total combined score of 9-2, but their one victory was a brutal 8-0 win over South Korea.
Both teams came in on Tuesday with one desire: to win no matter what. And you better believe it showed on the ice. We are presenting you the craziest 120-second stretch of hockey action you'll ever see, thanks to Germany and Switzerland. The opening two minutes of their contest on Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea, was the craziest stretch of all the Winter Games so far, as Yahoo Sports explained.
The two clubs did not waste any time to try to obliterate one another - and we mean that almost literally. First of, Swiss forward Cody Almond delivered a brutal hit to the head of Germany’s Christian Ehrhoff just nine seconds into the game, knocking the defender completely out and flat on the ice.
Almond was sent to the penalty box on a five-minute penalty, while Ehrhoff needed to exit to the dressing room and into concussion protocol. You see why: the poor guy looked completely out of it.
But then, it was payback time for Germany, as Leonhard Pfoderl slammed the puck past Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller to score the power play goal, giving Germany the 1-0 lead just 70 seconds after the brutal hit.
As huge relief and surprise came to the German bench, when Ehrhoff was back on the ice for the second period. The defenseman reportedly fine to return to action.
The former NHL blue liner played a total of 789 games in the league before moving on to Europe. After he was selected in the fourth round, 106th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2001 NHL Entry draft, Ehroff suited up for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks. He tallied 74 goals and 339 points during his time in the NHL.
For the past two seasons, he has been a member of the Kölner Haie, a club based in Cologne, Germany that plays in the professional Deutsche Eishockey Liga.