Russia-Slovakia notes, quotes, tweets
Russia 1, Slovakia 0 (SO)
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BULLET POINTS: Former NHL players Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalhuk both scored in the shootout to give Russia a 1-0 win over Slovakia on Sunday. Kovalchuk returned to the game after being injured on a hit in the second period. Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots in net for the Russians and both attempts in the shootout. Slovakia goalie Jan Laco is officially credited with stopping 36-of-37 shots. Laco got the start ahead of NHL goalies Jaroslav Halak and Peter Budaj. The victory places the Russians in second place in Group A for the preliminary round. Slovakia failed to earn a win.
VOYNOV: Slava Voynov logged 17:49 of ice time over 21 shifts while once again being paired with Andrei Markov. The blueliner finished the game with an even rating and did not register a shot on goal or a penalty.
THEIR WORDS: Pavel Datsyuk spoke with Arpon Basu of LHN.com “Of course we’re not happy about this game,” Russia captain Pavel Datsyuk said in Russian. “We wanted to win it in regular time, not to go into shootouts or cause heart attacks.”
Tweets and Notes
Kovalchuk hurt his knee after an innocent collision w/a Slovak player; tried to skate it off, taken to the locker room and hasn't returned
— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) February 16, 2014
Kovalchuck is back
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 16, 2014
Slovak goalie Jan Laco holding the fort. Another test here, Russians go to PP again.
— Eric Duhatschek (@eduhatschek) February 16, 2014
Kovalchuk scores and Russia wins 1-0.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) February 16, 2014