Day 8 – Men’s Olympic hockey elimination recap

2014 Sochi Olympics logoST LOUIS – And then there were 8. After three expected results and one shocker, four teams were eliminated in first round of Olympic playoffs in the first round of elimination play. 

#5 vs #12 Russia vs Norway

On the strength of a three-point game by both Alexander Radulov and Pavel Datsyuk and a 22-save shutout by Sergei Bobrovsky, the host nation defeated Norway 4-0 to advance to the quarterfinals to face a sturdy, but slightly shorthand Finland. Russia seemed to get their confidence back after two tough shootout games against the United States and Slovakia. After a scoreless first frame, it took just four minutes into the second period for Alexander Radulov to net his first of two goals. Pavel Datsyuk had his first of three assists. Ilya Kovalchuk added a later goal and the score was 2-0 after two periods. It stayed that way until late in the third period when Russia added two goals in the final sixty-seven seconds. Norway hardly put a dent in the Russian armor being dispatched early in the Olympic games.

#6 vs #11 Switzerland vs Latvia

After losing all preliminary games and scoring just 5 goals while allowing 10, few would have expected Latvia to make any noise in the elimination game. But they did and shocked Switzerland with a stinging 3-1 defeat. Switzerland had been expected to be the most dangerous of the teams coming out of preliminary play, but Latvia started early by scoring twice in the first 11:19 of the game. Up until 8:38 of the opening period, Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller had not given up a goal in his first two games, but Latvia found weakness in the star goalie. Switzerland cut the lead to 2-1 just over five minutes into the second period, but Latvia held off any threat to advance. They will play Canada next.

#7 vs #10 Czech Republic vs Slovakia

The Czech Republic answered the bell against an improving Slovakian squad to register a 5-3 victory and advance to play the United States. The Czechs opened the scoring early when Ales Hemsky score just under seven minutes into the game. Roman Cervenka made it 2-0 less than a minute later. After a power play goal by David Krejci with less than three minutes to play in the opening frame, the game remained 3-0 until a second Roman Cervenka goal made it 4-0. Comfortable with their lead, the Czechs let the Slovakians generate a comeback. Marian Hossa scored just three minutes later. Early in the third period, Hossa add added a second goal Tomas Surovny closed the gap to 4-3 with just more than eighteen minutes to go. But the Czechs held off Slovakia as Tomas Plekanec added an empty net goal, his second point of the day. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29 of 32 shots to power the Czechs to victory.

#8 vs #9 Slovenia vs Austria

The magic continues as the team which had only won 2 international games out of their previous 32 before the 2014 Olympic tournament, defeated Austria 4-0. It was their 2 win in their last 3 games in this Olympics. Anze Kopitar, the only NHL player on the Slovenian roster, opened the scoring just over five minutes into the game with a power play goal. After a shorthanded goal at the twelve minute mark of the opening period, Slovenia added a goal in each of the remaining two periods including an empty net goal in the third for the victory. Goaltender stopped all 30 shots he faced in providing a solid performance. Next up for the Slovenians is the mighty Swedish team, the top seed in the tournament.
With NHL Press Release

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. 

Individual Leaders
A daily look at the performances of NHL players in Sochi:
Anaheim Ducks
* Jonas Hiller stopped 19-of-21 shots for Switzerland.
Boston Bruins
* Zdeno Chara played a team-high 24:19 and had three shots on goal for Slovakia.
Buffalo Sabres
* David Krejci had a goal and an assist in 17:25 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
* Zemgus Girgensons had an assist and two shots on goal in 18:00 of ice-time for Latvia.
Calgary Flames
* Reto Berra served as the back-up goaltender for Switzerland.
* Ladislav Smid played 21:26 for the Czech Republic.
Carolina Hurricanes
* Andrej Sekera had two assists and three shots on goal in 23:13 of ice-time for Slovakia.
* Alexander Semin had two shots on goal and played 13:10 for Russia.
Chicago Blackhawks
* Michal Handzus had two assists and was a +2 rating and his 21:19 of ice-time was a high for all Slovakian forwards.
* Marian Hossa scored two goals, had a team-high five shots on goal and was a +2 rating in 18:41 of ice-time for Slovakia.
* Michal Rozsival had one shot on goal and logged 13:23 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
Colorado Avalanche
* Semyon Varlamov served as the backup goaltender for Russia.
 Columbus Blue Jackets
* Artem Anisimov had one shot on goal and was on the ice for 13:03 for Russia.
* Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves to record his first career Olympic shutout for Russia.
* Nikita Nikitin recorded three shots on goal and logged 14:30 of ice-time for Russia.
* Fedor Tyutin had one shot on goal and saw 14:14 of ice-time for Russia.
Dallas Stars
* Valeri Nichushkin played 3:16 for Russia.
Detroit Red Wings
* Pavel Datsyuk had a game-high three assists, had two shots on goal and a +3 rating in 16:47 of ice-time for Russia.
* Tomas Jurco played 14:42 and had one shot on goal for Slovakia.
* Tomas Tatar had an assist and recorded three shots on goal in 18:41 of action for Slovakia.
Edmonton Oilers
* Anton Belov had 14:48 of ice-time for Russia.
* Martin Marincin had one shot on goal and was a +1 rating in 21:01 of action for Slovakia.
* Ales Hemsky scored a goal on one of his four shots on net in 13:45 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
Florida Panthers
* Tomas Kopecky did not dress for Slovakia.
Los Angeles Kings
* Anze Kopitar scored a goal and registered a +2 rating and was on the ice for a game-high 23:41 for Slovenia.
* Slava Voynov was a +2 rating and had a team-high 20:43 of ice-time for Russia.
Minnesota Wild
* Nino Niederreiter posted a +1 rating in 16:25 of playing time for Switzerland.
Montreal Canadiens
* Tomas Plekanec scored a goal on his only shot and added an assist and was a +1 rating. His 19:39 of ice-time was a high among forwards for the Czech Republic.
* Peter Budaj did not dress for Slovakia.
* Alexei Emelin had one shot on goal, was a +2 rating and had 18:09 of ice-time for Russia.
* Andrei Markov had one shot on goal, was a +2 rating and logged 18:32 of ice-time for Russia.
Nashville Predators
* Roman Josi played 19:43 for Switzerland.
New Jersey Devils
* Jaromir Jagr had an assist and equaled a team-high with four shots on net and was a +1 rating in 18:32 of ice time for the Czech Republic.
* Marek Zidlicky had an assist and logged a game-high 25:59 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
* Patrik Elias did not dress for the Czech Republic.
* Damien Brunner recorded five shots on goal in 17:17 of ice-time for Switzerland.
New York Islanders
* Michael Grabner recorded four shots and had a team-high 20:48 for Austria
* Thomas Vanek had four shots on net and 17:30 of ice-time for Austria.
New York Rangers
* Mats Zuccarello did not dress for Norway.
Ottawa Senators
* Milan Michalek fired three shots on goal in 17:57 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
Philadelphia Flyers
* Andrej Meszaros had three shots on net in 20:40 of ice-time for Slovakia.
* Michael Raffl had three shots on goal and was on the ice for 20:26 for Austria.
* Mark Streit had four shots on goal and logged a team-high 24:56 of ice-time for Switzerland.
* Jakub Voracek had an assist and four shots on goal in 16:31 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
Phoenix Coyotes
* Martin Hanzal recorded two shots in 16:25 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
* Zbynek Michalek registered one shot on net in 19:28 of ice-time for the Czech Republic.
Pittsburgh Penguins
* Evgeni Malkin had two shots on goal in 17:43 of ice-time for Russia.
San Jose Sharks
* No Sharks were in action on Tuesday.
St. Louis Blues
* Jaroslav Halak served as the back-up for Slovakia.
* Vladimir Tarasenko had an assist, one shot on goal and posted a +1 rating in 10:04 of ice-time for Russia.
Tampa Bay Lightning
* Richard Panik was on the ice for 6:52 for Slovakia.
* Radko Gudas played 17:14 for the Czech Republic.
* Ondrej Palat played 8:37 for the Czech Republic.
Toronto Maple Leafs
* Nikolai Kulemin recorded two shots on goal in 16:00 of action for Russia.
Vancouver Canucks
* Raphael Diaz played 24:55, second most on the Swiss team.
* Yannick Weber had one shot on net in 18:46 of ice-time for Switzerland.
Washington Capitals
* Alex Ovechkin fired a game-high four shots on goal and was on the ice for 16:23 for Russia.
* Martin Erat had one shot on goal in 16:08 for the Czech Republic.
Winnipeg Jets
* Michael Frolik had one shot on goal in 9:26 for the Czech Republic.
* Ondrej Pavelec stopped 29-of-32 shots for the Czech Republic.
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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