February 15, 2014 6:23 am

Slovakia-Slovenia notes, quotes, tweets

Slovenia 3, Slovakia 1
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BULLET POINTS: Rok Ticar scored early in the third period for Slovenia to snap a scoreless tie en route to the country’s first Olympic victory. The game was chippy with plenty of checking and some shoving. Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky of Slovakia left the game after being elbowed in the head on a check by Slovenian defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic in the first period. Slovenia’s captain, Tomaz Razingar, and alternate captain, Anze Kopitar, would each add a goal in the win. Tomas Jurco of the Detroit Red Wings recorded the lone tally for Slovakia with just 18 seconds remaining in the game.

KOPITAR: The lone NHL player on Slovenia’s squad recorded his first goal of the tournament when he avoided a check on the half board and carried the puck through the slot, past multiple defenders, to the far circle where he beat Jarolsav Halak with a wrist shot. (gif = here.) The center was dominant in the faceoff dot, winning 15-of-20 draws. Kopitar posted a game-high ice time with 26:50 over 28 shifts.

THEIR WORDS: From Helene Elliott’s LA Times story: “We were definitely star-struck in the first game, the first 10 minutes. Including myself,” [Anze Kopitar] said. “Playing in the Olympic Games for the first time, I was pretty familiar with the guys we were facing but the venue was different, teammates were different. We got caught sleeping little bit but tonight we didn’t do that. We came right out of the gate pretty strong, very disciplined. We played really solid hockey as a team.”

From Helene St. James’ Detroit Free Press story:”We have to believe in ourselves,” [Tomas Tatar] said. “We can see those underdogs can play really well – Latvia, Switzerland, Slovenia beat us. Hopefully we will work on what we did wrong. We just have to be better.”

LAKings.com recap
IIHF game sheet
Photos of the game

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