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The puck drops at 7:30am ET and can be viewed on NBCSN in the US and CBC in Canads.
The winner of this game will move on to the semifinals to meet Sweden on Friday.
Enjoy the game and feel free to comment on it if you wish.
The game is on NBCSN in the US and TSN in Canada.
The winner moves on to the semifinals on Friday against the winner of Finland/Russia which is later today (7:30am ET).
Feel free to discuss the game or any Olympic hockey topic.
Slovenia 4, Austria 0
Russia 4, Norway 0
Czech Republic 5, Slovakia 3
Latvia 3, Switzerland 1
SLOVENIA SHUTS OUT AUSTRIA TO MOVE ON TO THE QUARTERS
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) opened the scoring with a first period power play goal and that proved to be the game winner as Slovenia shutout Austria 4-0. Slovenia, playing in their first-ever men’s Olympic hockey tournament, earned a berth in the quarter-finals.
BOBROVSKY BACKSTOPS RUSSIA PAST NORWAY
Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) made 22 saves to lead Russia to a 4-0 win over Norway. This marked the second straight shutout for the home country. Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) assisted on the first three Russian goals. Russia is trying to medal in men’s hockey for the first time since 2002.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There won't be any miracles in Buffalo this season, but Ted Nolan sure has pulled one off here in Sochi, coaching Latvia into its first Olympic quarterfinal after a 3-1 upset of Switzerland on Tuesday night.
And it's clear that Nolan's impact on his players is as much heartfelt as it is X's and O's.
"He's been a huge part of us," former Bruins and Senators winger Kaspars Daugavins said of Nolan. "We never had a coach that actually believes in the players. It's always been like army-style where everybody just has to work hard and you never get a tap on your shoulders, saying 'Good job, buddy.' He brings a different spirit on the team. He actually makes us believe that we're actually a good team. I've been to a lot of world championships and an Olympics before and we never had a feeling that we can actually win something. We just went out there and played."
Now Latvia needs another upset. A mother of one: Team Canada in the quarterfinals Wednesday night.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
While their neighbors to the north are focused on figuring out line combinations and how and where they should attack heading into the quarterfinals, the United States simply is focused on playing faster than it has been in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Speed kills, even on the big ice, but U.S. coach Dan Bylsma doesn't think his team has been killing it with enough speed in the tournament despite winning all three preliminary-round games and scoring 14 goals in regulation.
"I would say there are opportunities that we have missed that we can play quickly, play north, push the pace up the ice," Bylsma said. "That's something we did well at times; I just think we can be better at realizing that."
I am sure that everybody in Finland will be ready for tomorrow's game, as well as our team. Now the most important thing - a team. Personal statistics, leadership scorers unimportant. We're here to win the gold, but not any personal title or something like that.
Confident that when we play with the attacking team, it will change their tactics. Now we know how these teams will play. The four of them stand on the blue line, will try to keep the puck in our zone and not let us into his. Finland? In the evening, watch the video, look at how they play.
-Alex Ovechkin via Sport-Express (translated)
The last two games of the qualifying round will be at 12:00pm ET today.
Latvia takes on Switzerland (winner plays Canada tomorrow) on MSNBC and Slovakia plays the Czech Republic (winner plays USA tomorrow) on NBCSN and CBC.
Feel free to discuss the two games and I will post tomorrow's full schedule once these games are complete.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The stoic man behind the Team USA bench -- dark-framed glasses, arms folded across his chest, tight expression -- used to run naked around NHL dressing rooms banging on a Gatorade tub with a hockey stick to get his teammates pumped for the game.
He has co-authored four books, more than some hockey coaches have read.
He buried the Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup finals months after landing his first -- and five years later -- only NHL head coaching job.
Eleven years earlier, he had buried a daughter he would never know.
These seemingly disparate threads weave into a rich tapestry of a man who deked coming out of college -- he interviewed with top-six accounting firms out of college and ended up a bottom-six forward -- and went top shelf in life. Dan Bylsma is not a Renaissance Man.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Team Canada is breaking out the big-boy line Wednesday in its quarterfinal clash against the Switzerland-Latvia winner.
At practice Tuesday, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn was placed on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks, an absolute beast of a unit that has the potential to wreak havoc in the offensive zone.
There's some serious beef and talent in this trio:
• Perry, 6-foot-3, 212 pounds
• Getzlaf, 6-foot-4, 221 pounds
• Benn, 6-foot-2, 210 pounds
"I had a chance to play with them a couple of years ago at the world championships," Benn said Tuesday after practice. "They're obviously skilled players, big guys who like to control the puck, control the play and use their big bodies down low. Hopefully we can find some chemistry."
continue for more on Team Canada after practice today...
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