Sochi Olympics hockey, Russia vs. Slovakia final score: Ilya Kovalchuk lifts Russia past Slovakia in shootout

Feb 15, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Russia forward Ilya Kovalchuk (71) with the puck against USA in a men’s preliminary round ice hockey game during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Host nation Russia was hoping to bounce back on Sunday, after a disappointing loss to the United States in a shootout on Saturday. Russia has high hopes for bringing home the gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but they once again found themselves in a dogfight with Slovakia forcing overtime.

The game was scoreless through regulation and the overtime period, which meant Russia once again found themselves in a shootout.

Michal Handzus was up first for Slovakia in the shootout on Sunday morning, but Russian netminder Semyon Varlamov was patient and successfully blocked the first shot. Alexander Radulov stormed down the ice for Russia on their first attempt and got the puck past Jan Laco with a slick backhand that snuck right under the bar.

Varlamov came up huge once again for the Russian squad, by using his right leg to block the shot from Tomas Tatar to keep his clean sheet.

Ilya Kovalchuk had the opportunity to win the shootout on the second shot, and he was able to give Russia the win to secure second-place in Group A.

Russia will now sit back and wait to figure out whether or not they will need play in an elimination game on Tuesday.

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Topics: 2014 Winter Olympics, Men's Hockey, Results, Sochi Olympics

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  • foolindeed

    Russian team are playing like total losers now.
    Had ton of power plays against Slovakia and didn’t score even once, had to do shootouts again.
    With this play they won’t even get to Bronze medal

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