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Matchups Set For Knockout Rounds

by Shawn P. Roarke / Florida Panthers

SOCHI -- Drew Doughty's goal at 2:32 of overtime gave Canada a 2-1 win against Finland on Sunday and a bye into the quarterfinals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics men's hockey tournament.

The Canada-Finland game was the final one of the preliminary round and set the stage for the knockout portion of the tournament.

With the teams needing extra time to decide a winner, that meant Sweden clinched the No. 1 spot in preliminary round. The United States, which beat Slovenia 5-1 on Sunday, earned the No. 2 spot. Canada, the winner of Group B, seeded third. Finland, with seven points, is the best of the non-first place finishers and earned the final bye into the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The remaining eight teams play Tuesday in elimination games to determine the other four quarterfinalists. There are no games Monday.

That means Russia finishes fifth and will play an elimination game Tuesday against Norway, the No. 12 seed. Playing that extra game is something that was not expected by many when the tournament started.

Another qualification games will feature seventh-seeded Czech Republic playing 10th-place, Slovakia.

Slovenia finished eighth and will play the ninth-place team, Austria. One of those teams will reach the quarterfinals for the first time in the history of their nation. Austria finished fifth in 1928 but that tournament was played under a format which did not include a quarterfinal round.

Latvia finished 11th and will play the sixth-place team, Switzerland. Those teams played a classic during group play, won 1-0 by the Swiss on a goal scored with 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

The winners of games Tuesday will advance to the quarterfinals Wednesday. The winner of the 8-9 game between Slovenia and Austria will play Sweden; the winner of 7-10 game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will play the United States; the winner of the 6-11 game between Switzerland and Latvia will play Canada; and Finland will play the winner of the 5-12 game between Russia and Norway.

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