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Varlamov to start in goal for Russia vs. Slovakia

by Staff

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.

Bobrovsky will back up Varlamov against Slovakia.

Russia could win Group A with a victory against Slovakia, depending on the result of the U.S.-Slovenia game Sunday (7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN).

The U.S. will clinch the group with a regulation win, regardless of Russia's result. But if the U.S. loses in regulation, Russia would win the group with a regulation or an extra-time victory. If the Americans lose in extra time and the Russians win in extra time, giving each team six points in group play, the U.S. would win the tiebreaker with their head-to-head win.

Slovenia would win Group A if it beats the U.S. in regulation and Russia loses to Slovakia in any manner.

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