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Slovenia stages upset with 3-1 win

Red Wings' Jurco collects his first Olympic goal in Slovakia's loss

Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 7:09 AM ET / Recap
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Slovenia stages upset with 3-1 win
Slovakia's Tomas Tatar tries to pull away from Slovenia forward Jan Mursak during Saturday's Group A game in Sochi. (Photo by Getty Images)

A tournament of firsts continued for Slovenia at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.

Playing in their first Olympics, the Slovenes sealed their first ever Olympic win with a three-goal third period to upset Slovakia 3-1 Saturday afternoon.

Slovenia got its first break early in the third when forward Rok Ticar played a centering ice from behind the net, moving the puck from his skate to his stick before shoveling a back-hand shot underneath Slovakia goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Ziga Jeglic, who set up Slovenia’s first goal has been one of the hottest players during the preliminary round in Group A as he scored both goals in a 5-2 loss to Russia on Thursday.

The Slovenes built a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals by captain Tomas Razingar and Anze Kopitar just 23-seconds apart. Both goals came from inside the left circle beating Halak high. Former Red Wings draft pick Jan Mursak drew the only assist on Kopitar’s goal at 9:22.

“It was a really bad game for us, but in this competition we are seeing the underdogs playing really, really well,” Slovakia’s Tomas Tatar told the assembled media at Bolshoy. “We will go away and figure out what we need to do and hopefully tomorrow we will be better against Russia.”

Slovakia was dealt a major setback when former Red Wings forward Tomas Kopecky was injured and did not return to the game. With less than 10 minutes left in the first period, Kopecky was hit in the head by Slovene defenseman Sabahudin Kovaceic. Kopecky was wobbly as he tried to get to the bench under his own power. He took just four shifts with his linemates Tomas Jurco and Tatar.

A consolation prize for Slovakia came with 17.8 seconds left when they ended Slovenia’s shutout bid on Jurco’s power-play goal. The NHL rookie became the fourth Red Wings’ player to score in the Sochi Games, joining Tatar, and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Alfredsson.

“It's not going well for our team,” Jurco told the media, “but hopefully we can shake it up before the next game.”

The course gets tougher for both squads on Sunday. Slovakia closes out its round-robin schedule against Russia and the Slovenes face-off against USA.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59