Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Russian Athletes Hammer Slovenia 8-2 in 2018 Olympics Hockey

Russian Athletes Hammer Slovenia 8-2 in 2018 Olympics Hockey

The win allowed the Russian team to climb to first place in Group B of the tournament, and guarantees a spot in the playoffs. Koshechkin stopped all 29 shots he faced for his first shutout of the tournament, and the Russians flexed their muscles offensively. "We just didn't get the results".

"They still play highlights of T.J. Oshie in the shootout in Sochi", O.A.R.'s Ilya Kovalchuk said of the famous matchup in 2014. Kovalchuk said. "So hopefully you're going to change that now". "I think it's a good thing, especially before those important games ahead of us".

They set their sights repeatedly on the biggest American player, Jordan Greenway, and he found himself in more than one extended shoving match with a Russian.

The floodgates opened in the second period as the Russians scored four times through Alexander Barabanov, Ilya Kablukov, Kaprizov and Kovalchuk, who also had an assist on the Kablukov goal. Left open on the rush as the USA was slow to backcheck, Prokhorkin scored his second goal 2:14 into the second, using a Jonathan Blum screen on Zapolski to make it 2-0. The victor of USA-Russia likely will take the group, but a Slovakia victory and US loss would leave the Americans in third place, out of the running for a bye, and headed for a likely meeting with Sweden, Finland or Canada before medals are at stake.

The U.S. rarely generated the kind of quality scoring chances against Vasily Koshechkin that the Russians did around Zapolski, who played all three preliminary-round games.

"It was a knuckle-puck and from a pretty long way away", said Zapolski, whom Granato confirmed would remain the US starter moving forward.

Recalling captain Brian Gionta's semi-breakaway and Ryan Donato's shot off the crossbar, Granato and his players felt they had opportunities and lamented the inability to finish. "It was a knucklepuck and from a pretty long way away".

Fans in one corner of the Gangneung Hockey Centre unfurled two large banners featuring Putin's face during an 8-2 win by the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation over Slovenia. And it was Kovalchuk who settled the final 4-0 score less than 30 seconds into the third period. Ladislav Nagy evened things up, but Andrej Kudrna, Peter Olvecky, Martin Bakos and Hascak all missed or were stopped by Kroselj before Jeglic's victor.

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