NHL Olympic Morning Coffee Headlines – February 19, 2014

Sweden eliminates Slovenia in quarterfinal action, plus updates on Jonathan Quick Semyon Varlamov, Patrik Elias, Zdeno Chara, David Backes and more.

Sweden celebrates one of their goals in a 5-0 victory over Slovenia.

Sweden celebrates one of their goals in a 5-0 victory over Slovenia.

NHL.COM: Carl Hagelin scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves as Sweden blanked Slovenia 5-0, ended the latter’s Cinderella run in men’s hockey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Slovenians never had a chance, but just making the quarterfinal in their first-ever appearance in men’s hockey at the Olympics was a significant achievement.

NBC SPORTS: Jonathan Quick will be the starting goalie for Team USA against the Czech Republic. The Czechs got some good news as Patrik Elias, who missed their last two games to illness, will suit up against the Americans.

CBS SPORTS: Semyon Varlamov gets the start for Russia in today’s game against Finland.

CSNNE.COM: Slovakian defenseman Zdeno Chara was disappointed in his team’s performance in what could be his last Olympics as a player. Chara turns 37 in March.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Slovakia’s hockey programme is in need of improvement. This year’s Olympics was rock-bottom for a country which was considered a hockey power in its own right.

ESPN.COM: American forward David Backes is doing what he can to save several stray dogs in Sochi.

NHL.COM: The Buffalo Sabres have terminated Linus Omark’s contract, allowing him to return to Europe to continue his playing career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Omark’s fans blame the Edmonton Oilers (his former team) for hurting his development. I believe he’s a one-dimensional player who struggled to adjust to a two-way game.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: No word if a hand injury which forced Norway’s Mats Zuccarello out of the Olympics could also keep him out of the New York Rangers lineup following the Olympics. Zuccarello leads the Rangers in scoring with 43 points.

NOTE: News involving Canada’s men’s hockey team can be found in “Canadian Corner”.