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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 5:03 AM

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

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

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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

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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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Posted On Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 1:58 AM

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Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Slovakia

Semyon Varlamov will be in goal when Russia plays Slovakia on Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, USA, SNET) in the teams' Group A preliminary-round finale, according to a team spokesman.

Varlamov started Russia's 2014 Sochi Olympics opener Thursday against Slovenia. The Colorado Avalanche goalie stopped 12 of 14 shots in the 5-2 win.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves during regulation and overtime in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States on Saturday. The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender surrendered goals on four of eight U.S. attempts in the breakaway tiebreaker, all to St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.


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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 3:28 PM

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Finland's Barkov to miss remainder of Olympics

Finland center Aleksander Barkov will miss the rest of the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a knee injury sustained Friday against Norway.

According to reports in the Finnish media, the team doctor for Finland has ruled Barkov out for 4-6 weeks after he underwent an MRI.

Barkov, a rookie in the NHL this season with the Florida Panthers after being taken with the second pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, left the game early in the third period. He had three shots on goal and won seven of nine faceoffs in 18 shifts totaling 15:03 of ice time against Norway.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 11:54 AM

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Illness keeps Elias out of Czech Republic game

Czech Republic forward Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils won't play Saturday against Switzerland due to illness.

Each team has one regulation win in two games for three points and is battling for second place in Group C, which has already been clinched by Sweden.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 8:52 AM

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Slovenia's Kovacevic faces IIHF disciplinary hearing

Slovenia defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic faces a disciplinary hearing with the International Ice Hockey Federation on Sunday morning.

The hearing, presided over by the IIHF disciplinary committee, concerns a hit delivered by Kovacevic to Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky during the Group A game between the teams Saturday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Kopecky, who plays for the Florida Panthers in the NHL, was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

Slovenia won the game 3-1, its first Olympic victory.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 7:02 AM

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U.S. scatches Stepan, Faulk and Howard vs. Russia

The United States will scratch center Derek Stepan, defenseman Justin Faulk and goaltender Jimmy Howard for its Group A game against Russia on Saturday.

The same three players were scratched Thursday when the United States beat Slovakia 7-1 in its first game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Coach Dan Bylsma opted to use the same lineup and to go with goaltender Jonathan Quick for the second straight game.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 4:03 AM

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Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky leaves with injury

Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky on Saturday became the second Florida Panthers player to leave a game with an injury at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Kopecky sustained an apparent upper-body injury in the first period when he collided with Slovenia's Sabahudin Kovacevic. He did not return for the second.


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