Latvia vs russia hockey live stream U. Watch the highlight video HERE. Original story: The men's ice hockey league in the Sochi Winter Olympics begins its preliminary rounds this week.
While the United States and Canada also went , the Swedes separated themselves with three regulation victories, giving them the most points 9 of any team in the group stage. Group C was certainly a balanced one, but Sweden didn't look overly dominant with 10 goals scored versus five scored against.
It will be interesting to see if he and the defense can maintain that pace against elite offenses such as the ones on the Canadian, American and Russian teams.
But first, Sweden has to get past the surprise team of the men's tournament, Slovenia. Kevin Allen of USA Today outlined the unexpected success of the Slovenians, who blanked Austria on Tuesday to punch their ticket to the quarterfinals: Ranked 18th in the world, the Slovenians now will play Sweden in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Sweden has been upset in the quarterfinals twice in the last three Olympics: by Belarus in and by Slovakia in But on Tuesday, the Russians beat Norway , with two goals coming in the final 67 seconds, to set them up with an intriguing matchup against Finland.
Greg Beacham of the Associated Press described the action from Sochi: Radulov had two goals and an assist, and Russia survived its first elimination game in Sochi with a victory Tuesday over Norway in the qualification round.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday. The Latvians were outscored and went during the group stage but rebounded against Switzerland with their best performance of the tournament.
It marked the first Olympic hockey victory for the nation since the Winter Games in Salt Lake City, per Beacham: Oskars Bartulis and Lauris Darzins scored in the first period, and Latvia reached the Olympic men's hockey quarterfinals for the first time with a victory over Switzerland on Tuesday night.
Edgars Masalskis made 32 saves and Darzins added an empty-net goal in the Latvians' first Olympic victory since , when they returned to the games after a year absence.
After the clock ran out on an impressive victory over a rising Swiss team, the Latvians gathered around Masalskis for a joyous group hug. Most importantly, Team Canada has received some solid goaltending from Carey Price and Roberto Luongo after questions swirled about them heading into the Olympics.
The team doesn't seem too concerned about Sidney Crosby's three-game goal drought to start the tournament, especially with the amount of firepower it has. Oshie's four-goal performance for the ages in a shootout victory over Russia.
The U. He's got composure.
He doesn't get rattled when someone is in his face. That growth is great for our team. Facebook Logo.