Yesterday’s game recaps plus the latest on Phil Kessel, Henrik Lundqvist, Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky, Tomas Kopecky and more.
NHL.COM: Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout to lead Russia to a 1-0 victory over Slovakia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Russians were the dominant team but Slovakian goalie Jan Laco made 36 saves in regulation and overtime to given his teammates a chance.
NHL.COM: Phil Kessel’s hat trick carried the United States to a 5-1 victory over Slovenia. Ryan McDonagh and David Backes also tallied for the Americans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel is among the leading scorers following the preliminary round.
NOTE: The Norway-Austria game was noted yesterday, while the recap of Canada-Finland can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
USA TODAY: The Olympic men’s hockey playoff bracket has been released.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Swedish goalie Henrik Lundqvist had a scare during a recent practice after teammate Erik Karlsson collided with him during practice. Lundqvist was shaken up but escaped injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Sweden went unbeaten and earned the top seed in the preliminaries they’ve been walloped by injuries. Carl Hagelin was the latest to be injured though he’s expected to play on in the tournament. Losing Lundqvist would’ve been a serious blow. They cannot afford more injuries.
CSNWASHINGTON: Semyon Varlamov and Sergei Bobrovsky are battling for Russia’s starting goaltender role.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Chicago Blackhawks sent ten players to the Sochi Games but none have scored yet in this tournament.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That includes Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. Hard to believe these scoring stars have yet to tally so far.
CBS SPORTS: Slovakian forward Tomas Kopecky may be sidelined for the rest of the Olympics following a head injury after receiving a high hit from Slovenia’s Sabahudan Kovacevic.
CBS SPORTS: Saturday’s Russia-USA game drew 6.4 million American viewers.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Former NHL forward Doug Mohns recently passed away at the age of 80. Mohns played 22 seasons from 1953 to 1975, accumulating 1,390 career points. He is still in the top 40 in that category. Mohns played for the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota North Stars, Atlanta Flames and Washington Capitals.