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Slovakia rallies to defeat Russia

Game 9, Group B: Slovakia 2, Russia 1 (SO)

Friday, 02.19.2010 / 4:26 AM ET / News
By John Dellapina
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Slovakia rallies to defeat Russia
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VANCOUVER
-- Perhaps somebody forgot to inform the Slovaks that they had drawn the short straw in this 2010 Olympic hockey tournament. Or maybe they figured, having confounded the skeptics and the schedule-maker four years ago by going undefeated in pool play in Torino, they simply were being perfectly set up to shock the hockey world yet again.

Whatever the case, the little country that supposedly couldn’t somehow found a way Thursday night at Canada Hockey Place. It took a third-period comeback. And it took seven rounds of a shootout -- three of which saw Alex Ovechkin shoot against them.

But at the end of a second straight long, withering night, it was the Slovaks who were still standing -- 2-1 victors over the powerhouse from Russia. And now, a talent-laden Group B that seemingly was set up for a Russia-Czech Republic showdown to decide first place on Rivalry Sunday is suddenly a three-horse race in which nobody can be ruled out.

"We still have a pretty good chance to be No. 1 in our group," Ovechkin said after a game in which he was a bodychecking dynamo but held off the scoresheet other than going 1-for-3 in his shootout attempts.

Ovechkin is correct -- a Russian victory in regulation Sunday would give it the Group B title regardless of the results of the Czech-Latvia game Friday night or the Slovakia-Latvia game Saturday. However, whatever veneer of invincibility the Russians brought into this tournament is now gone.

Then again, so is the notion that the Slovaks were doomed by coming in with a banged-up Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa and having to open the tournament by playing back-to-back games against the Czech Republic and Russia.

"It's a huge win for us," said Slovakia captain Zdeno Chara, who waged a night-long physical war with Ovechkin. "It’s a tough schedule. When you play back to back against such great teams as the Czechs and Russia, it’s always exhausting. You’re playing within 24 hours in really hot conditions. The ice is probably not the greatest because there have been two or three games going on it. So it’s tough.

"But we found a way to win a game."

They found a way by riding superb goaltending from the Montreal Canadiens’ Jaroslav Halak, who stopped 36 of 37 Russian shots during the 60 minutes of regulation and the five of overtime, and then six of the seven he faced in the shootout from the likes of Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin.

Ovechkin, in fact, shot three times -- scoring on his first -- because IIHF rules allow the same shooter to go as often as the coach desires after the first three shooters have taken their turns.

"It was crazy because, in NHL, they can only go once and here they keep going with same guy after the first three shooters," Halak said. "It was crazy to see. But lucky for us, we got the (victory)."


GAME SUMMARY

SCORING
SVK 0 0 1 0 1 - 2
RUS 0 1 0 0 0 - 1

First Period Scoring: No scoring.

First Period Penalties: Bench, Rus (too many players - served by Marcel Hossa) 1:34, Radulov RUS (tripping) 17:34.

Second Period Scoring: 1. RUS, Morozov (Markov, Zinoviev).
 
Second Period Penalties: Kopecky SVK (hooking) 3:20, Visnovsky SVK (cross checking) 13:59, Bench RUS (too many men served by M Hossa) 18:44, Ovechkin RUS(slashing) 19:58.

Third Period Scoring: 2. SVK, Marian Hossa (Demitra, Marcel Hossa) 9:48.
 
Third Period Penalties: Tyutin RUS (hooking) :15, Radivojevic SVK (hooking) 11:22.

Overtime Scoring: No scoring.

Overtime Penalties: none.

Game Winning Shots
SVK, Stumpel on Bryzgalov - Goal
RUS, Morozov on Halak - Save
SVK, Demitra on Bryzgalov - Save
RUS, Ovechkin on Halak - Goal
SVK, Marian Hossa on Bryzgalov - Save
RUS, Datsyuk on Halak - Save
RUS, Ovechkin on Bryzgalov - Save
SVK, Stumpel on Halak - Save
RUS, Kovalchuk on Halak - Save
SVK, Handzus on Bryzgalov - Save
RUS, Ovechkin on Halak - Save
SVK, Gaborik on Bryzgalov - Save
RUS, Malkin on Halak - Save
SVK, Demitra on Bryzgalov - Goal

SHOTS ON GOAL
SVK  10 5   14  3 - 33
RUS  8  16  10  3 - 37

Goaltenders (goals-shots against): SVK: Halak (W, 1-36); RUS: Bryzgalov (L, 2-33).

Power plays
(goals-chances): SVK: 0-3; RUS: 0-5.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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