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Olympic recap - February 15

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

After making his Olympic debut in the second half of February 13's tilt against the United States, Peter Budaj watched from the bench as a surprising Slovenia team upended Slovakia 3-1.

For the second time in two games, Jaroslav Halak got the start but was unable to recapture his 2010 Olympic form. Advancement to the knockout rounds now seem to be unlikely for the Slovaks, who drop to 0-2 in Sochi.


The game pitted Habs teammates Max Pacioretty of the US against Russians Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov. T.J. Oshie proved to be the shootout hero, going four-for-six against Sergei Bobrovsky and scoring the game-winner in the eighth round of the shootout.

Markov helped the Russians get one point by setting up both of his team's regulation-time goals. Number 79 played 20:07 while teammate Alexei Emelin, who went scoreless, was on the ice for 14:18.

Max Pacioretty watched most of the game from the bench, as he only played for 8:31 and was benched for a period by coach Ban Bylsma after taking a holding penalty early in the second frame. The winger obtained one shot on net and skated alongside Oshie and Paul Stastny.


Tomas Plekanec, who led his team with four shots and had 22:04 in ice time, had a glorious chance to tie the game in the middle of the first period, but the Swiss took advantage of strong goaltending and a perfect penalty kill to end its round-robin campaign with a record of 2-1.

The Swiss only scored two goals during its entire three-game run in Sochi so far, but has gone 11-for-11 on its PK unit. Jonas Hiller has shutouts in both of his starts.

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