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Slovenia stuns the Slovaks, hockey world, wins first Olympic hockey game via 3-1 tally

It's 5:31 AM and I'm sitting in disbelief, having watched a very solid Slovakian team lay an absolute egg in Sochi--and the Slovenians play wonderful, fantastic hockey en route to a 3-1 win, earned after forty minutes of scoreless hockey and moribund Slovakian showings against a plucky, speedy team, which gave the crazy Slovenian fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome all sorts of reasons to cheer

For Red Wings fans, watching Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco play dominant hockey is fine and all, but Tatar and Jurco were by far the best players on team that was made mincemeat by a line of Anze Kopitar (1 goal, 5 shots, and Slovenia's only NHL representative) and current KHL'er Jan Mursak, and at the other end of the ice, Robert Kristan stopped 27 of 28 shots--Jurco's shutout-spoiler came with only 18 seconds left in regulation--while Zdeno Chara looked all alone on defense and Jaroslav Halak was just as shaky as St. Louis Blues fans feared he'd be at the Olympics.

The Slovakians never seemed to recover after Tomas Kopecky left the game in the 3rd period thanks to an inadvertent elbow to the head, as the AP's Larry Lage noted...

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Latvia and Slovakia Announce 2014 Olympic Rosters

Olympic Teams keep rolling out their rosters as Latvia and Slovakia are the two latest to do so.

Here are their rosters according to the IIHF Website:

Latvia

Goalkeepers:

Kristers Gudlevskis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL)

Edgars Masalskis, no club team

Ervins Mustukovs, Esbjerg IK (DEN)

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