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Olympics recap, Day 4: U.S. wins tight game over Russia

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks
The U.S. and Russia played to a 3-2 shootout win in Sochi (Getty Images).

The U.S. and Russia took their Group A matchup the distance and more, as Team USA won, 3-2, in an eight-round shootout decision. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk netted two for Russia, while Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski each potted a power-play goal for the Americans and T.J. Oshie scored four shootout goals to seal it.

Earlier in the day, Marian Hossa and Michal Handzus’ and the Slovakian team suffered their second loss of the tournament, upset 3-1 by Slovenia. The game marked Slovenia’s first ever win in Olympic men’s hockey competition. Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar – Slovenia’s only NHL player – scored a goal in the win.

Marian Hossa (SVK): Hossa was once again a workhorse for his home country, skating for 20:26 of action, but was held scoreless with four shots on net. The winger was on the ice for Slovenian captain Tomas Razingar’s rebound goal in the second period, and finished the game with a minus-one rating.

Michal Handzus (SVK): The veteran center led Slovak forwards with 20:54 on the ice, but had a tough time at the dot, going 10 for 21 on faceoffs. Handzus was on the ice for Razingar’s goal as well, finishing with a minus-one rating with two shots on goal.

Patrick Kane (USA): In 20:09 of action, Kane played an integral part in the USA’s dramatic win over the host country. Kane’s cross-ice pass to Joe Pavelski resulted in the U.S.’s second goal, and the playmaker had two big chances to win the game in overtime, only to be stonewalled by Russian goaltender and former Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky. Kane had five shots on net in the game, and was an even plus/minus. Kane now has eight points (3G, 5A) in eight career Olympic games.

Niklas Hjalmarsson (SWE): Hjalmarsson saw time on Sweden's PK unit once again on Saturday, skating for 15:29 in the win. The Swedish blueliner was on the ice for two Latvia goals - both on the man advanatage - but he finished the game with an even plus/minus rating, while failing to register a shot on net.

Marcus Kruger (SWE): Kruger went 8-for-15 at the faceoff circle on Saturday, and got 13:34 of ice time. He did not register a shot on net in Sweden's 5-3 victory.

Johnny Oduya (SWE): Skating with his defensive partner Hjalmarsson at both even strength and on the penalty kill, Oduya skated for 13:38 on Saturday, registering one shot on goal while racking up an even plus/minus.

Michal Rozsival (CZE): Rozsival dressed, but did not see any ice time for the Czech Republic.

Day 5 schedule (Sun., Feb. 16)

Austria vs. Norway – 2 a.m. CT
No Blackhawks skaters

Russia vs. Slovakia – 6:30 a.m. CT
Marian Hossa
, Michal Handzus (SVK)

Slovenia vs. United States – 11 a.m. CT
Patrick Kane

Finland vs. Canada – 11 a.m. CT
Duncan Keith
, Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (CAN)

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