Posted February 15, 2014 on AP on Fox
Anze Kopitar scored the third of three goals in a six-minute stretch of the third period Saturday to give Slovenia a surprising 3-1 victory over usually steady Slovakia in its first Olympic hockey tournament. After two evenly played periods, the Slovenes were stronger and seemed more inspired in the third. Slovenia's Rok Ticar broke a scoreless tie 3:23 into the final period. Teammate Tomaz Razingar scored midway through the third, and Kopitar, the only NHL player on his team, scored 23 seconds later. Slovenian goaltender Robert Kristan stopped the first 27 shots he faced before Tomas Jurco scored with 17.8 seconds left in the game for Slovakia. Slovakia and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves. Slovenia (1-1) qualified by beating Belarus, Ukraine and Denmark and was competitive for two-plus periods against host Russian before losing 5-2 on Thursday. It will play the U.S. on Sunday. Kopitar is the Los Angeles Kings' perennial scoring leader and one of the world's best centers. He is being coached by his father, Matjaz, at the Olympics. The 30-year-old Kristan was the star of Slovenia's biggest win in last year's qualification tournament, making 37 saves in a 2-1 victory over favored Denmark. Razingar, the 34-year-old Slovene captain, played junior hockey in Ontario and two seasons in the North American minor leagues. He carried Slovenia's flag in the opening ceremony. Slovakia, with 12 NHL players including Halak and Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa, finished fourth and fifth at the last two Olympics. The Slovaks (0-2) were routed by the U.S. in their Sochi opener and will face Russia on Sunday perhaps without a key player. Tomas Kopecky left Saturday's game after getting hit in the head in the first period and didn't return. The two-time Olympian and Florida Panthers forward was standing near the opposing team's net when Slovenia defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic landed his left elbow on Kopecky's head to clear him out of the way. Kopecky was evaluated on the bench before going toward the dressing room. He did not return to the ice or his bench in the second period after playing four shifts in the first. --- Follow Larry Lage on Twitter:

Russian player suggests Jonathan Quick dislodged net intentionally

Russian defenseman Slava Voynov is teammates with Jonathan Quick on the Los Angeles Kings, but that didn’t prevent him from calling out the United States goaltender after Saturday’s game. The American goalie slid to his left to make a save during the third period, and his leg dislodged the net slightly. The referees didn’t pick up on it right away, and as play continued, Russian...

Russia furious over disallowed goal

They aren’t the Soviet Union anymore, but Russia is still the one team the USA wants to beat, and the USA is still the team that Russia wants to beat. Which is why today’s victory for the American’s is stinging for the Russians, and they are expressing their disapproval for a call that they believed […]Continue reading...

Jonathan Quick starts in goal for US vs Russia

Goalie Jonathan Quick will make his second start of the Olympics when the U.S. men's hockey team faces host Russia on Saturday. U.S. coach Dan Bylsma chose his goalie Friday after practice for the biggest game of the preliminary round in Sochi. Quick made 22 saves in the Americans' 7-1 victory over Slovakia on Thursday, winning his Olympic debut. The Los Angeles Kings...

Canada beats Finland 2-1 in OT on Doughty's goal

Drew Doughty scored with 2:28 left in overtime to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over Finland on Sunday in the final preliminary round game of the men's Olympic hockey tournament. The defending gold medalists earned the No. 3 seed for the quarterfinals. The Finns will be seeded fourth among the final eight teams. Sweden gets the top seed as the only team to win all three of its preliminary...

Some Thursday thoughts on Sochi, etc.

One of my first impressions from Sochi is that Slovenia has cranked out a winter athlete just as dynamic as Anze Kopitar of the L.A. Kings. That run by downhill skier Tina Maze to tie for the Gold was epic. Great Olympic moment. Another (obvious one) is that Team USA has a pretty explosive offense, at least out of the gate. My question is whether the team can keep the puck out of...

Ryan Miller to start for USA vs. Slovenia, Jonathan Quick won't dress

Jonathan Quick has earned himself a day off. After leading the uSA to wins in the first two games including Saturday's thrilling victory over Russia, Quick will not dress on Sunday when the USA faces Slovenia to close out pool play. Ryan Miller will get the start and Jimmy Howard will suit up as the backup. At this point it's evident that Quick is the Americans' No...

Carter's hat trick leads Canada past Austria 6-0

After the final horn, Jeff Carter tried to give the game puck to Roberto Luongo in honor of the goalie's latest Olympic shutout. Luongo handed it right back, claiming Carter's hat trick was a bigger deal. Carter and Luongo both realize Canada still has plenty of time to pick up more souvenirs in Sochi, and they've all got their eyes on something a bit shinier than a...

Canada Wins In OT, Medal Tournament Set

Drew Doughty scored both of Canada’s goals, but the game-winner didn’t come until overtime. With the extra session, the United States clinched the second seed for the medal tournament with Sweden at number one, Canada at three and Finland at … Continue reading →The post Canada Wins In OT, Medal Tournament Set appeared first on Committed Indians.

U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey: Jonathan Quick Starting Against Russia

SOCHI, Russia — Jonathan Quick has played high-tension postseason games in several of the NHL’s most intimidating arenas over the last few seasons, and he came out holding the Stanley Cup above his head. That’s why U.S. coach Dan Bylsma is confident his goalie can handle a whole different level of pressure when the Americans take on the home team in Sochi. Quick will make his...

Jason Lewis: Carter Hat Trick, Doughty Scores, Quick in Net Again

One can only hope that the performances of the LA Kings thus far continues and carries over when the teams return. First off, Jonathan Quick will get the start for Team USA in what should be the group decider against Russia tomorrow morning at 4:30AM PST, 7:30 EST. Many had wondered after Quick started game one against Slovakia if Miller would get the nod for the game against...

Jeff Carter leads Canada to victory over Austria.

Team Canada defeated Austria 6-0 at the Olympics in Sochi on Friday. Jeff Carter scored three goals in the second period for Canada leading them to a 6-0 victory over Austria on Friday. Carter capped off the first natural hat trick at the Olympics since 1988 with a goal at 14:33 of the second period to put Canada up 5-0. Carter’s unbelievable performance was executed in a total...

Jeff Carter’s Hat Trick Paces Canada In Olympic Hockey Blowout Of Austria

That was more like it, eh, Canada? After scrapping through a 3-1 win over Norway in its 2014 Olympic hockey opener on Thursday, Canada dropped the hammer on Austria, winning easily Friday 6-0. That explosion of offense was keyed by Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter, who was demoted to Canada’s 13th forward by coach Mike Babcock after a less-than-stellar performance in the opener...

Eklund: Poll> Does Miller Get A Shot?

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Anyone Surprised Jonathan Quick Will Start Again For Team USA And Not Ryan Miller?

Jonathan Quick to start in goal for U.S. tomorrow against Russia #teamusa #usah — USA Hockey (@usahockey) February 14, 2014

Is Slovakia on the decline as a hockey nation?

Four years ago, the Slovaks were the Cinderella Story. They beat Russia and Sweden en route to a fourth place finish in the Olympics. And yet, as surprising as that was, it didn’t come out of nowhere. They were a team with quite a few talented NHL players leading the charge. To compare them to the nation they just suffered a 3-1 loss to, Slovenia, which has only one NHLer in Anze...
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