Miller fighting uphill battle against Quick

Miller fighting uphill battle against Quick
February 16, 2014, 11:00 am
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News and notes as Team USA successfully turned the page on Saturday’s emotional shootout victory over Russia with a 5-1 win over Slovenia on Sunday to clinch a bye into the quarterfinal round:

Lineup changes: Ryan Miller stopped  17 of 18 shots for the Americans on Sunday, but is there anything the Buffalo Sabres netminder can do to steal the No. 1 job away from Jonathan Quick, who was given the day off to allow Jimmy Howard to back up Miller? Quick made 29 saves and turned back 5-of-8 shootout attempts to beat the Russians. Rangers forward Derek Stepan also entered the lineup in place of Max Pacioretty.

Who are these guys?: Slovenia scored three consecutive goals, including one by Kings star Anze Kopitar, to earn its first Olympic hockey victory Saturday, a 3-0 win over Slovakia on Saturday. Kopitar did not finish Sunday's game with an unspecified injury.

Oshie-mania: T.J. Oshie’s twitter account picked up over 150,000 followers on Saturday. According to Elias Sports Bureau his 54.3 percent in shootouts ranks third all-time minimum: 20 goals], behind Slava Kozlov 27-of-46, 58.7 percent] and Frans Nielsen 30-of-55, 54.5 percent]. Oshie and his hometown of Warroad, Minn., will be featured on Saturday’s edition of the “NBC Nightly News” 6:30 p.m. ET].

Record breaker: Saturday’s game between the USA and Russia was the most streamed hockey game in NBC Sports and NBC Olympics history. The authenticated game was live streamed on and the NBC Sports Live Extra app by nearly 600,000 unique users and delivered 14.7 million minutes of consumption, both surpassing all of the matchups from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the record-setting 2013 Stanley Cup Final. The uniques and minutes are, respectively, the second- and fifth-best NBC Olympics’ streams ever.

Watch highlights of USA's win over Slovenia (VIDEO)

Missed the game? A full encore of Saturday’s classic between USA and Russia will air Sunday on NBCSN beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Don’t forget the Swiss: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller has two shutouts for Switzerland, who finished second in Group C with a 2-0-0-1 record.

Swede sensation: Sweden have won Group C with a 3-0 record. Defenseman Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators] took the lead in scoring with three goals and two assists in three games.

Canada vs. Finland: The Canadians will take on Finland today at noon. Here are the NHL teammates who will face each other:

-Anaheim Ducks teammates Teemu Selanne and Sami Vatanen (Finland] and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (Canada]
-Boston Bruins teammates Tuukka Rask (Finland] and Patrice Bergeron (Canada]
-Dallas Stars teammates Kari Lehtonen (Finland] and Jamie Benn (Canada]
-Phoenix Coyotes teammates Lauri Korpikoski (Finland] and Mike Smith (Canada]
-Pittsburgh Penguins teammates Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta (Finland] and Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz (Canada]
-San Jose Sharks teammates Antti Niemi (Finland] and Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Canada]
-Tampa Bay Lightning teammates Sami Salo (Finland] and Martin St. Louis (Canada]

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