Olympics - Day 5
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In a surprising result, Slovakia takes Russia to a shootout but goals by Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovulchuk lift the host country to the 1-0 victory in Sochi.
Slovakia, looking for a spark, started their third goalie, Jan Laco. The netminder had his work cut out for him, facing 37 shots. It took three periods and an overtime before Russia finally cracked the Laco code in the shootout.
In the skills competition, Semyon Varlamov turned away shots by Michael Handzus and Tomas Tatar while Laco failed to stop both Russian shooters.
Edmonton Oilers and Slovakian defenceman Martin Marincin played 16:46 including 52 seconds of overtime. Oilers and Russian blueliner Anton Belov played a little under 11 minutes (10:53) in Russia’s win.
CANADA 2 vs. FINLAND 1 - OVERTIME
Drew Doughty opened the scoring and closed it, scoring the overtime game-winning goal in Canada’s 2-1 win over Finland.
Doughty got Canada on the board at 6:16 of the first period with his third goal of the tournament. Doughty fired a shot from the circle and it went in short side, past the blocker of Tuukka Rask. Shea Weber and Sidney Crosby recorded the assists.
Jonathan Toews nearly put Canada up by two when he had a great look on a wraparound, but Rask made the sprawling, spinning save.
Finland tied the game with two minutes remaining in the first. Ossi Vaananen shot the puck from the point and Tuomo Ruutu was posted in front and tipped it in for the equalizer. It was a fitting birthday present for Ruutu, who turned 31 today.
At 2:32 of the overtime period, it was Doughty who would push the puck in five hole of Rask. He was assisted by Jeff Carter.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com