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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 10:12 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Quick to start for U.S. in quarterfinals

Jonathan Quick will start in goal for the United States on Wednesday in its quarterfinal game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The United States will face the Czech Republic (Noon ET, USA, TSN2).

Quick of the Los Angeles Kings started the United States' first two games. He allowed three goals on 54 shots in a 7-1 win against Slovakia and a 3-2 shootout victory against Russia.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 6:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Norway's Zuccarello out with hand injury

Norway's lone NHL player, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, will not play in the team's qualification playoff game Tuesday against Russia (7:30 a.m., NBCSN, CBC) due to a hand injury.

Zuccarello has no points in three games, but is second on the team with 10 shots on goal. He also leads Norway's forwards with an average ice time of 22:25 per game.

The winner of the game between fifth-seeded Russia and No. 12 Norway plays Finland on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 4:47 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Price to start for Canada in quarterfinals

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will start in goal for Canada in its quarterfinal game on Wednesday (12 p.m. ET; MSNBC, CBC).

Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the decision Tuesday.

Canada, which earned a bye into the quarterfinals by winning Group B during preliminary-round play, will face the winner of the qualifying-round game between Switzerland and Latvia.

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Posted On Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 1:52 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Bobrovsky to start for Russia vs. Norway

Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia on Tuesday in a play-in game against Norway (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC), according to a team spokesman.

Bobrovsky, who stopped 31 shots during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday, his first start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, served as backup to Semyon Varlamov in Russia's 1-0 shootout win against Slovakia on Sunday.

This will be Bobrovsky's second start in Sochi. Varlamov also started Russia's opener against Slovenia, a 5-2 win.

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Posted On Monday, 02.17.2014 / 8:04 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Kovalchuk not on ice for Russia's practice

SOCHI -- Russia's star forward, Ilya Kovalchuk, did not practice with the Russian team during a training session Monday afternoon at Bolshoy Ice Dome's training rink.

The Russians, who finished second in Group A, play Norway, the No. 12 seed, in a qualification game Tuesday (7:30 a.m. ET). The winner of that game advances to the quarterfinal stage on Wednesday and will play Finland, the fourth seed.

Kovalchuk was injured in the second period of the final preliminary game Sunday against Slovakia. He returned for the third period and also took part in the shootout, scoring a goal, as Russia won the game 1-0.

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Posted On Monday, 02.17.2014 / 6:07 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Starting times for play-in games announced

Times and locations for the play-in games to advance to the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament quarterfinals have been announced.

All four games will be played Tuesday. Each play-in winner will face off against one of the top-four seeds – Sweden, the United States, Canada and Finland – in the quarterfinal round Wednesday.


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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:03 AM

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Slovenia D-man suspended for game vs. U.S.

Sabahudin Kovacevic will miss Slovenia's Group A game against the United States on Sunday after receiving a one-game suspension from the Olympic Men’s Tournament Disciplinary Panel for an elbow to the head and neck area of Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky on Saturday.

After reviewing the play, in which the players collided in front of the Slovak goal, the panel determined that Kovacevic, a defenseman, extended and directed his elbow to contact the head and neck area of Kopecky, who had to leave the ice and did not return.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:02 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Finland will go with Rask in goal vs. Canada

Tuukka Rask will start for Finland against Canada on Sunday in a Group B showdown at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (12 p.m. ET; USA, CBC)

Rask, of the Boston Bruins, started the Finns' first game in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, an 8-4 win against Austria on Thursday in which he stopped 16 of 20 shots. Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen played Finland's second game, a 6-1 rout of Norway. Antti Niemi of the San Jose Sharks has yet to play in the tournament.

Canada will start Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens in goal.

The Canada-Finland winner will finish first in Group B and earn a bye into the quarterfinals, which begin Wednesday. A regulation victory would give the winner the top seed.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 4:09 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Price to start for Canada in showdown vs. Finland

Carey Price will start in goal for Canada on Sunday in its Group B showdown with Finland (12 p.m. ET, USA, CBC), Hockey Canada announced.

Price played in Canada's first game at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a 3-1 victory against Norway on Thursday. Roberto Luongo got the call against Austria and was perfect in a 6-0 shutout Friday, but will serve as the backup against Finland.

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis and forward Patrick Sharp will return to the lineup for Canada, replacing defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Martin St. Louis.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 3:55 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Road to Sochi blog

Ryan Miller to start for U.S. against Slovenia

Ryan Miller will make his first start in goal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Sunday when the United States plays Slovenia (7:30 a.m. ET; NBCSN) in the teams' final Group A game, USA Hockey announced.

Miller, who was the MVP at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, served as the backup to Jonathan Quick in the first two U.S. games in Sochi.

Quick stopped 51 of the 54 shots he faced in a 7-1 win against Slovakia on Thursday and a 3-2 shootout win against Russia on Saturday. He also stopped five of eight attempts in the penalty-shot tiebreaker against the Russians.


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