Winter Olympics Sochi 2014: Day 8 Men's Hockey Recap

Bruce Bennett

A recap of Men's Hockey events on Day 8.

Slovenia 3 - 1 Slovakia

Recap: Holy Dina, how bad is Slovakia at these 2014 Sochi Olympics? After coming within a goal of a gold medal appearance in the 2010 Olympics, they have not lived up to any kind of expectation this year, culminating their Preliminary Round play with a 3-1 loss to Slovenia. Tomas Jurco would score the lone Slovak goal in the loss while Slovenia was led by Anze Kopitar (1G) and a strong goaltending performance from Robert Kristan.

28 (3.57%) SHOTS 31 (9.68%)
28 (.903%) SAVES 27 (.964%)
8 PIM 10

USA 3 - 2 Russia (SO)

Recap: In what has been the game of the tournament to date, the United States of America downed Russia in a shootout battle that featured the skillful shooting of Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and T.J. Oshie. Oshie had six attempts in the skills competition, scoring on all but two of them and giving the USA control of Group A heading into their final game. An interesting fact is that all goals in this game were scored on the power play, with Cam Fowler (1G), Joe Paveleski (1G) and Pavel Datsyuk (2G) carrying the offensive load. Jonathan Quick and Sergei Bobrovsky were equally sharp in goal.

34 (8.82%) SHOTS 31 (6.45%)
29 (.935%) SAVES 31 (.911%)
12 PIM 10

Switzerland 1 - 0 Czech Republic

Recap: Switzerland relied on a goal from Simon Bodenmann and the strong goaltending of Jonas Hiller to hang on to a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in their final game of the Preliminary Round. With the win the Suiss jump over the Czechs in the standings and will receive a bye straight into the Quarterfinals. Despite receiving zero goal support, Ondrej Pavelec was sharp in the loss making 25 saves in his appearance.

26 (3.85%) SHOTS 26 (0.00%)
26 (1.000%) SAVES 25 (.961%)
10 PIM 6

Sweden 5 - 3 Latvia

Recap: Sweden continues to push forward in this tournament without the services of Henrik Zetterberg, posting a 5-3 win over the Latvians. Daniel Alfredsson (1G, 1A), Erik Karlsson (1G, 1A) and Alexander Edler (1G, 1A) all had strong performances for the Swedes and Henrik Lundqvist played in his third straight game, registering the win. Janis Sprukts scored in his second straight game for Latvia while Zemgus Girgensons also managed his first of the tournament in the loss.

30 (16.67%) SHOTS 23 (13.04%)
20 (.869%) SAVES 25 (.833%)
12 PIM 12
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