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NHL Short Notes - Sochi Edition

Slovenia 4, Austria 0
Russia 4, Norway 0
Czech Republic 5, Slovakia 3
Latvia 3, Switzerland 1

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.

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.

Latvia scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of the game and that proved to be all the offense they needed as they held off the Swiss 3-1. Despite being outshot 33-22, Latvia was able to earn their first Olympic hockey win in 12 years to advance to the quarter-finals. Prior to this, the best Latvian showing at the Olympics had been a ninth place finish in 2002.

The Czech Republic built a 3-0 first period lead and then hung on to defeat Slovakia 5-3. David Krejci (Boston Bruins) and Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens) each had a goal and assist. Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets) made 29 saves in the victory.

All Times Eastern
Sweden vs. Slovenia, 3:00 a.m., NBCSN, TSN
Finland vs. Russia, 7:30 a.m.,  NBCSN, CBC
Canada vs. Latvia, 12:00 p.m., CBC, MSNBC
USA vs. Czech Republic, 12:00 p.m. USA Network, TSN2

* A combined 24 NHLers make up the Sweden and Slovenian rosters:

Sweden (23)
F Daniel Alfredsson (Detroit Red Wings), F Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals), F Patrik Berglund (St. Louis Blues), D Alexander Edler (Vancouver Canucks), D Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Phoenix Coyotes), G Jhonas Enroth (Buffalo Sabres), D Jonathan Ericsson (Detroit Red Wings), F Loui Eriksson (Boston Bruins), G Jonas Gustavsson (Detroit Red Wings), F Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers), F Niklas Hjalmarsson (Chicago Blackhawks), F Marcus Johansson (Washington Capitals), D Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators), D Niklas Kronwall (Detroit Red Wings), F Marcus Kruger (Chicago Blackhawks), F Gabriel Landeskog (Colorado Avalanche), G Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), F Gustav Nyquist (Detroit Red Wings), D Johnny Oduya (Chicago Blackhawks), F Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks), F Jakob Silfverberg (Anaheim Ducks), F Alexander Steen (St. Louis Blues), D Henrik Tallinder (Buffalo Sabres)

Slovenia (1)
F Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* None

* A combined 29 NHLers make up the Finnish and Russian rosters:

Finland (13)
F Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild), F Jussi Jokinen (Pittsburgh Penguins), F Olli Jokinen (Winnipeg Jets), F Lauri Korpikoski (Phoenix Coyotes), G Kari Lehtonen (Dallas Stars), D Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins), G Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks), G Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins), F Tuomo Ruutu (Carolina Hurricanes), D Sami Salo (Tampa Bay Lightning), F Teemu Selanne (Anaheim Ducks), D Kimmo Timonen (Philadelphia Flyers), D Sami Vatanen (Anaheim Ducks)

Russia (16)
F Artem Anisimov (Columbus Blue Jackets), D Anton Belov (Edmonton Oilers), G Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets), F Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), D Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens), F Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs), F Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), F Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas Stars), D Nikita Nikitin (Columbus Blue Jackets), F Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), F Alexander Semin (Carolina Hurricanes), F Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues), D Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), G Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche), D Slava Voynov (Los Angeles Kings)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta (Finland) and Evgeni Malkin (Russia)
* Dallas Stars teammates Kari Lehtonen (Finland) and Valeri Nichushkin (Russia)

* A combined 26 NHLers make up the Canadian and Latvian rosters:

Canada (25)
F Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), F Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), D Jay Bouwmeester (St. Louis Blues), F Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), F Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), F Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), F Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), D Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks), D Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), F Chris Kunitz (Pittsburgh Penguins), G Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), F Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), F Rick Nash (New York Rangers), F Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks), D Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues), G Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), F Patrick Sharp (Chicago Blackhawks), G Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes), F Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning), D P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), F John Tavares (New York Islanders), F Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks), D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks), D Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)

Latvia (1)
F Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo Sabres)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* None

* A combined 42 NHLers make up the US and Czech rosters:

USA (25)
F David Backes (St. Louis Blues), F Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), F Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), D John Carlson (Washington Capitals), D Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), D Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks), G Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings), F Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks), F Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), F Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs), D Paul Martin (Pittsburgh Penguins), D Ryan McDonagh (New York Rangers), G Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres), D Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins), F T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues), F Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadiens), F Zach Parise (Minnesota Wild), F Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks), G Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), D Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), F Paul Stastny (Colorado Avalanche), F Derek Stepan (New York Rangers), D Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild), F James van Riemsdyk (Toronto Maple Leafs), F Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets)

Czech Republic (17)
F Patrik Elias (New Jersey Devils), F Martin Erat (Washington Capitals), F Michael Frolik (Winnipeg Jets), D Radko Gudas (Tampa Bay Lightning), F Martin Hanzal (Phoenix Coyotes), F Ales Hemsky (Edmonton Oilers), F Jaromir Jagr (New Jersey Devils), F David Krejci (Boston Bruins), F Milan Michalek (Ottawa Senators), D Zbynek Michalek (Phoenix Coyotes), F Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning), G Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets), F Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens), D Michal Rozsival (Chicago Blackhawks), D Ladislav Smid (Calgary Flames), F Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers), D Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey Devils)

NHL Teammates Who Will Be Opponents
* Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane (USA) and Michal Roszival (Czech Republic)
* Montreal Canadiens teammates Max Pacioretty (USA) and Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic)
* Washington Capitals teammates John Carlson (USA) and Martin Erat (Czech Republic)
* Winnipeg Jets teammates Blake Wheeler (USA) and Michael Frolik and Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic)

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