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Olympic Hockey - Playoffs

The playoff round at the Sochi Olympics has been played.  Four teams remain in the medal round.  The qualifying round of the playoffs consisted of the 5th through 12th place finishers in the round robin.  Its winners moved on to play the top four teams in the round robin.  Here are the results:

Qualifying Round

Slovenia 4 Austria 0.  The Slovenians took a quick lead on an Anze Kopitar power play goal.  It grew when  Jan Urbas added a short handed goal.  In the second period, Sabahudin Kovacevic added a third goal (he had assisted earlier on the Urbas goal).  Jan Mursak added an empty net goal to go with an earlier assist.  David Rodman also had two assists.  Robert Kristan stopped 30 shots for the shutout in the Slovenian goal.  Mathias Lange was the losing Austrian goal with 31 saves.  Slovenia moves on to face Sweden.

Russia 4 Norway 0.  The game remained tied until a second period goal by Alexander Radulov.  Ilya Kovalchuk made it a 2-0 lead.  In the third period, Radulov added a third goal into an empty net.  It was his third point as he assisted on the Kovalchuk goal.  Pavel Datsyuk had three assists at this point.  Lars Haugen the losing Norwegian goalie, who made 27 saves, returned to the nets at this point with about a minute left and allowed another goal to Alexander Tereshenko 27 seconds later.  Sergei Bobrovsky got the shutout with 22 saves.  Russia move on to face Finland.

Latvia 3 Switzerland 1.  The Swiss had only allowed one goal in the round robin, but they allowed two in the first period of this game.  Oskars Bartulis scored the first and Lauris Darzins scored the second on the power play.  Martin Pluss added a goal for the Swiss in the second period.  Darzins added a second goal into an empty net.  Edgars Masalskis was the winning goalie for Latvia with 32 saves.  Jonas Hiller made 19 saves in the losing effort for Switzerland.  Latvia moves on to face Canada.

Czech Republic 5 Slovakia 3.  The Czechs took an early lead with three first period goals.  They had a 4-0 lead most of the way through the second period.  This is when Slovakia came alive.  They scored the next three goals and pulled to within one goal with just over 11 minutes remaining.  The Czechs added an empty net goal.  Ondrej Pavelec made 29 saves to get the Czech win.  Jan Laco made 24 saves and picked up the loss.  The Czech offence was led by Roman Cervenka who had two goals.  Tomas Plekanec and David Krejci had a goal and an assist each.  Tomas Kaberle added two assists.  Marian Hossa scored twice to pace the Slovak offence.  Michal Handzus and Andrej Sekera added two assists each.  The Czechs move on to face USA.

Quarterfinals

Sweden 5 Slovenia 0.  This game stayed close.  Sweden was only up 1-0 until the third period, where they added their four other goals.  Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 shots for a shutout.  Robert Kristan made 33 saves in the losing effort.  Carl Hagelin led the Swedish offence with two goals.  Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist.  Erik Karlsson had two assists.  Sweden moves on to the semi-finals.

Finland 3 Russia 1.  Ilya Kovalchuk opened the scoring with a Russian power play goal.  Juhamatti Aaltonen added a Finnish goal to tie things up.  Teemu Selanne gave Finland the lead late in the first period.  Mikael Granlund added the third Finnish goal in the second period.  Selanne and Granlund both had an assist to go with their goal.  Semyon Varlamov began the game in goal for Russia but was soon replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky at this point.  Bobrovsky did not allow any goals on seven shots, but it was too late for Russia.  Tuukka Rask made 37 saves to get the win.  Finland moves on to the semi-finals.

Canada 2 Latvia 1.  Canada opened the scoring midway through the first period on a Patrick Sharp goal.  Lauris Darzins soon responded for Latvia to tie the game.  Canada controlled much of the play taking 57 shots on Latvian goalie Kristers Gudlevskis.  It was less than seven minutes left when Shea Weber scored the winning goal on the power play.  Carey Price stopped only 15 shots for the win.  Canada moves on to the semi-finals.

USA 5 Czech Republic 2.  The US took an early lead in the second minute of the first period.  By the end of the first period they had a 3-1 lead and never looked back.  David Backes led the US offence with a goal and an assist.  Ryan Suter had three assists.  Ryan Kesler had two assists.  Both Czech goals were scored by Ales Hemsky.  Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for the American win.  Ondrej Pavelec started the game for the Czechs and allowed four goals.  Alexander Salak completed the game and allowed the final goal.  USA moves on to the semi-finals.

Sweden will play Finland and Canada will play USA in Friday's semi-finals with the winners to meet in the gold/silver game and losers in the bronze/4th game.

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