Hope you've been enjoying the Olympic Hockey. Of course, if you managed to fail to enjoy yesterday's Russia-USA game, I question whether you're actually a hockey fan.
And there was plenty of hockey yesterday, and will be plenty today. Let's take a look behind, and then look ahead to this morning's matches.
Switzerland 2, Russia 0
Stefanie Marty got the game-winning goal in the first period, and Florence Schelling stopped a whopping 41 shots from Russia. Russian goaltender Anna Prugova also had a good game, stopping 25 of 26.
Sweden 4, Finland 2
Finland had a 1-0 lead entering the third that was quickly reversed by Anna Borgvist's power play goal 48 seconds into the third period. A back-and-forth third period saw the teams locked in a 2-2 tie with five minutes remaining. It was all Sweden from there, as Emma Eliasson scored the go-ahead goal on the power play, and Emma Nordin scored an empty-netter to seal it. Pernilla Winberg contributed 3 assist to Sweden's cause.
Finland vs. Germany, Classification Round, 2:00 AM
Russia vs. Japan, Classification Round 11:00 AM
Sweden 5, Latvia 3
Latvia continued to show that they're not the pushovers they've been in the past, but ultimately their talent just doesn't measure up to the rest of the world, particularly Sweden. Daniel Alfredsson, Alexander Edler, and Erik Karlsson all registered a goal and an assist for Sweden, while Zemgus Girgensons scored a goal for Latvia. Though Latvia has gone 0-3 in the tournament, there's a lot to be proud of there. Having 1 goal games in the third period against Sweden and Switzerland isn't an easy task.
Slovenia 3, Slovakia 1
Slovakia, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to be proud of with the way their tournament has gone. They got utterly demolished by the Americans, and were favored to win against Slovenia. This did not happen, as Anze Kopitar and friends scored three goals in the third period, which were more than enough to dispatch the Gaborik-less Slovakians. Slovakia will be lucky to not get the lowest seed in the next round. This was the first Olympic victory for Team Slovenia.
United States 3, Russia 2 (SO)
Switzerland 1, Czech Republic 0
Switzerland got a second shutout, courtesy of Jonas Hiller and his 26 saves. Ondrej Pavlecec temporarily forgot he was Ondrej Pavlecec, stopping 25 of 26 shots. Simon Bodenmann scored Switzerland's only goal, and Nino Niederreiter registered four shots on goal and two penalty minutes.
Austria vs. Norway, Group B Prelims, 2:00 AM
#VanekWatch continues with Austria's game against Norway. Austria had poor showings against Finland and Canada, so this game is mostly for pride.
Russia vs. Slovakia, Group A Prelims, 7:30 AM
Russia will attempt to rebound from their shootout loss to Team America, but all is far from lost. Slovakia has been a dumpster fire in this tournament so far, and by losing in the shootout to the Americans, a regulation win could very easily get them a bye to the quarterfinals, anyway. An embarrassed Slovakian team may come out playing hard, but Russia has the talent to dispatch them.
USA vs. Slovenia, Group A Prelims, 7:30 AM
The United States needs to win this game to secure a bye to the quarterfinal round, and while on paper this shouldn't be a problem, they did just shock Slovakia. They pushed Russia a bit, too, playing Russia to a 1 goal game in the third period.
Canada vs. Finland, Group B Prelims, 11:00 AM
This is the marquee game of the day. Finland was written off by a lot of people when they found out that Kaptain Mikko Koivu wouldn't be able to make it to the Olympic Games. They've come out strong, matching the Canadians in terms of demolishing Norway and Austria. They'll get their first major test of these Olympics, with a bye on the line. If I end up watching only one game tomorrow morning (and that's looking more and more likely of a proposition), it will be this one. And not just because it's at 11.
So, have at it, Wilderness. Discuss today's games in the comments.