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Nabokov And Russia Impress In Turin

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Russian netminder Evgeni Nabokov continued to sparkle during his trip to Turin when his team defeated Latvia 9-2. Backed by a four goal effort from Ilya Kovalchuk, Nabokov squared off against another familiar face to Sharks fans, Arturs Irbe, but it was Nabokov’s team who would get the upper hand. Russia now stands at 3-0-1 in the Olympics and is set to make a run at the gold medal.

Joe Thornton and Team Canada were stunned Sunday, as they fell to Finland 2-0. It marked the second consecutive game where the high powered Canadian offense had been shutout. This time it was at the hands of Finish netminder Antero Niittymaki. Former Shark Teemu Selanne, who leads all scorers in the Olympics with six goals, scored one of the goals for Finland, while Niko Kapanen notched the other.

Marcel Goc, Christian Ehrhoff and the rest of Team Germany found themselves having to come from behind against David Aebischer and Team Switzerland. They got a goal with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation and managed to skate off with the tie, sending the German squad to a 0-2-2 record. Ehrhoff assisted on Germany’s first goal, scored by Sven Felski.

Monday is an off day for all men’s hockey teams in Turin. All four Sharks players will return to action on Tuesday when Germany faces Russia and Canada faces off against Sweden.

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