Recaps of Men’s Olympic games from yesterday and early today, plus the latest on Carey Price, Ryan Miller, Alexander Radulov, Aleksander Barkov and more.
NHL.COM: T.J. Oshie was the shootout hero for Team USA, scoring four times in six chances to lift the Americans to a 3-2 victory over Russia. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout. Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov wasn’t pleased with Alexander Radulov’s performance, as his two penalties led to two American goals during regulation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was the best of the men’s ice hockey tournament to date. Oshie put on one helluva shootout display. As for Radulov, turns out he won’t be a healthy scratch in Russia’s next game, but he will be expected to atone for his undisciplined play.
NHL.COM: Sweden finished their preliminary round a perfect 3-0-0 but they struggled to hold off Latvia 5-3. The game marked Alexander Edler’s return from a two-game suspension for the Swedes, who suffered yet another injury as Carl Hagelin was forced to leave the game. Edler scored Sweden’s fifth goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Swedes began the tournament without Henrik Sedin and Johan Franzen, and lost captain Henrik Zetterberg for the rest of the tournament with a back injury. If Hagelin’s sidelined for a lengthy period it further reduces their forward depth, which could prove crucial as this tournament goes on.
NHL.COM: Jonas Hiller kicked out 26 shots for his second straight shutout of the tournament as Switzerland edged the Czech Republic 1-0. Simon Bodenmann scored the game’s only goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Strong goaltending and stingy defense makes Switzerland a very tough opponent, one which could pull off an upset beyond the preliminary.
NHL.COM: Michael Grabner scored twice to lift Austria to a 3-1 victory over Norway.
TORONTO SUN: Carey Price will get the start for Canada in their game today against Finland. P.K. Subban and Martin St. Louis are healthy scratches, while Chris Kunitz is expected to be dropped to the fourth line.
USA TODAY: Ryan Miller will be the starter as the United States faces off today against Slovenia. Derek Stepan will make his debut, replacing Max Pacioretty.
NBC SPORTS: Semyon Varlamov will start for Russia in today’s game against Slovakia.
CBC.CA: Finland’s Aleksander Barkov suffered a knee injury in his team’s first game and is out for the rest of the tournament. He’s expected to be sidelined four-six weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That injury could also effectively end Barkov’s NHL season.