Ovechkin, Russia scrape by Slovakia

Ovechkin, Russia scrape by Slovakia
February 16, 2014, 11:30 am
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A day after losing to the United States in a shootout, Russia once again found themselves in a close one. It required another overtime period and shootout, but Russia prevailed over Slovakia on Sunday morning with a 1-0 win. Alexander Radulov pulled out an impressive backhand shot to beat Jan Laco in the shootout, and Semyon Varlamov blanked Slovakia with 27 saves.

All in all it was a bit of a scare for the Russian team who now awaits the result of Canada and Finland later in the day to see if they are headed for the qualifying game on Tuesday. They completed the preliminary round in Group A with one win, one overtime win and an overtime loss.


--Alex Ovechkin led Russia with seven shots on goal in the team's loss to U.S.A. on Saturday, but was stifled for only two shots through the first two periods against Zdeno Chara and Slovakia. The Great Eight finished with six shots on goal and a second consecutive game without a point. Ovechkin saw plenty of time on the ice with 24:27 logged across 25 shifts.

--Ovechkin nearly earned an assist five minutes into the third period on a pass to Evgeny Medvedev. Attacking on the power play, Medvedev smacked one off the crossbar after the feed from Ovi. Ovechkin also had Russia's final chance in regulation as he charged to Laco's right. Ovechkin shot the puck with a decent look, but Laco secured it on a glove save. Ovechkin was again absent in Russia's shootout lineup, as Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk led the way.

Watch highlights of Russia's win over Slovakia (VIDEO)


Alex Ovechkin

Points - 0
Shots on goal - 6
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - 0
Ice time - 24:27
Shifts - 25
Average shift - 0:58

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