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Olympics recap, Day 5: U.S. takes Group A with win over Slovenia

by Brad Boron / Chicago Blackhawks
Marian Hossa skated nearly 20 minutes in Slovakia's shootout loss to Russia (Getty Images).

Sunday marked the final day of the preliminary rounds in Sochi, with byes into the tournament’s quarterfinals on the line.

The United States earned one of those byes, beating Slovenia, 5-1, behind a hat trick from Toronto’s Phil Kessel and three assists from San Jose’s Joe Pavelski. Slovakia and Russia played to a scoreless tie through 65 minutes of play, before Russia’s Ilya Kovalchuk sealed the win in the shootout.

Later in the day, Canada clinched Group B with a 2-1 overtime win over Finland. Los Angeles' Drew Doughty scored both of Canada's goals, including the overtime-winner.

Patrick Kane (USA): Kane skated 16:07, once again on a line with Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown, while also seeing time on the American’s power play. He registered two shots on goal, and finished with an even plus/minus rating.

Michal Handzus (SVK): Handzus skated to an even plus/minus in 20:09 of ice time on Slovakia’s top line. He went 8 of 24 at the faceoff dot while registering one shot on net, and was stopped by Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov on a shootout attempt in Slovakia’s loss to Russia.

Marian Hossa (SVK): In 19:21 of action on Sunday, Hossa took three shots on goal while skating on Slovakia’s power-play and penalty kill units. His 19:42 average ice time per game led Slovakia in group play.

Duncan Keith (CAN): Keith skated 22:29 in the overtime victory, behind only Shea Weber's 23:11 as the game's ice time leader, and took three shots on goal in the game. Keith saw action on the power play and penalty kill, and skated to an even plus/minus rating.

Patrick Sharp (CAN): Sharp returned to the lineup for Canada after being scratched on Friday, and skated for 9:47 against Finland. He did not register a shot on goal.

Jonathan Toews (CAN): Toews, skating between San Jose's Patrick Marleau and Los Angeles' Jeff Carter, went 8 for 17 at the faceoff circle on Sunday. He was on the ice for Finland's lone goal, a redirected shot off of Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu. He finished with a minus-one rating, and one shot.

Other Day 5 notes: New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner scored three points (2G, 1A) as Austria defeated Norway, 3-1.

Qualification playoff schedule (Tue., Feb. 18 - Times TBA)

(5) Russia vs. (12) Norway
No Blackhawks skaters

(7) Czech Republic vs. (10) Slovakia
Michal Rozsival
(CZE), Marian Hossa, Michal Handzus (SVK)

(8) Slovenia vs. (9) Austria
No Blackhawks skaters

(6) Switzerland vs. (11) Latvia
No Blackhawks skaters

Playoff round byes: (1) Sweden, (2) United States, (3) Canada, (4) Finland

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