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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 2:18 PM



Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo didn’t even need his alarm to wake up for the big Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden this morning at 7 a.m.

“I woke up right around 7,” he said. “I threw it on and it was great. It was an exciting game.”

Bortuzzo and the rest of the Penguins watched as their teammates Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored unassisted goals to help Canada defeat Sweden, 3-0, to win gold for the second straight Winter Olympic Games. And regardless of what country they’re from, the Penguins back in Pittsburgh were thrilled to not only watch Crosby and Kunitz win gold, but to step up and deliver with huge goals at huge moments in a huge game.

“They played well, it was great to see my teammates score goals and contribute and for them to be a big part of it,” Bortuzzo said. "Being Canadian, it’s great. It means a lot to the nation, and to see my teammates have success would be one of the happier things for myself.”

“Seeing their smiles on their faces was pretty special,” forward James Neal said. “Being Canadian and knowing how much it means to represent your country, all the fans in Canada watching, it would have been something special. And they did a great job. They came up big at the biggest time of the tournament, so good for them and excited to have them back.”

“It was fun to watch and I think (Crosby and Kunitz) had a good tournament,” said goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who won gold representing Team Canada with Crosby in the last Olympic Games. “I’m happy for those two guys to get those two goals.”

American-born defenseman Matt Niskanen jokingly referenced the talk surrounding Crosby and Kunitz for being goalless entering the game, saying, “I was definitely pulling for the U.S. the other day, but once Canada got to that Gold Medal Game, I was really pulling for Sid to get another gold, for Kuni to get his first and for them to score.

“And they both scored really nice goals. That was fun to see. Really happy for them. Not that they really care what all the experts out there think, but it was nice to see them show them. Good showing for them, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were represented pretty well too.”

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.23.2014 / 9:32 AM


CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0
Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz each scored unassisted goals in the Gold Medal Game as Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 to win the gold medal for the second straight Winter Olympic Games.

Crosby forced a turnover at the Canada blue line and then raced up ice for a breakaway. Despite being molested the entire way, Crosby maintained control of the puck. He deked to his backhand and slid the puck behind goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his first goal of the Olympics to give Canada a 2-0 lead in the second period.

Kunitz found a puck in the high slot and snapped a shot that eluded Lundqvist. It was Kunitz's first goal of the Olympics and gave Canada a 3-0 lead halfway through the third period that pretty much sealed the gold for Canada. Earlier in the game Kunitz was boarded head-first into the boards and was bleeding profusely. Of course, he didn't miss a shift and exacted his revenge in the final frame.

Jonathan Toews scored the game's first goal, and eventual game-winner, in the first period. Goaltender Carey Price stopped all 24 shots he faced for the shutout, his second straight.


PHOTO-RAMA





Sidney Crosby loses his helmet during a battle on the ice.


Crosby rips a shot.


Sweden nearly scores in the first, but an alert Carey Price reached back to cover the puck.


Jonathan Toews re-directs a pass from atop the crease behind Henrik Lundqvist to give Canada a 1-0 lead






After forcing a turnover, Crosby scores on a breakaway to give Canada a 2-0 lead.








Kunitz's gets off a shot in the third period...


...that beats Lundqvist to seal the gold for Canada.


Happy, happy, joy, joy.










Artsy shot of Kunitz.


The clock expires and Canada wins 3-0.


Group hug.


Crosby leads the handshake line.



O' Canada...








Team photo at center ice.






And one final shot of Kunitz and Crosby showing off the gold.



OLYMPIC WRAPUP
That'll do it for the Olympics. Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Team Canada win gold. Jussi Jokinen, Olli Maatta and Team Finland take home bronze.

Here is a final statistical breakdown on the Pens Olympians...
  • Crosby: 6 GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +4, 11 shots (Gold medal)
  • Kunitz: 6 GP, 1G, 1PTS, +2, 8 shots (Gold medal)
  • Jokinen: 6 GP, 2G, 3A, 5PTS, 1 GWG, +4, 14 shots (Bronze medal)
  • Maatta: 6 GP, 3G, 2A, 5PTS, 1 PPG, +1, 13 shots (Bronze medal)
  • Orpik: 6 GP, +2, 2 shots
  • Martin: 4 GP, +2, 2 shots (missed last 2 games with injury)
  • Malkin: 5 GP, 1G, 2A, 3PTS, +2, 20 shots
The Olympians will return to Pittsburgh shortly and begin for the stretch run of the NHL regular season. With the gold medals aside, it's time to begin the quest for a silver chalice.

That's a wrap on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. I hope you enjoyed our blog coverage of the Games. See you in four years.

All that glitters is gold.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.22.2014 / 1:45 PM



Jussi Jokinen
and Olli Maatta are coming back to Pittsburgh with bronze medals.

Both Penguins scored for Team Finland on Saturday in their 5-0 win over Team USA and associate GM Ray Shero, head coach Dan Bylsma and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin. Orpik played, but Martin did not, missing his second straight game with a cast on his hand (he also did not play Friday against Canada).

Jokinen’s goal was huge. After the two teams produced a tight, scoreless first period, Teemu Selanne opened the scoring early in the second period. And just 11 seconds later, Jokinen delivered a big blow to the U.S. psyche by making it 2-0 when he swept a perfect pass from Jori Lehtera into the open net before American goaltender Jonathan Quick could slide over.

Jokinen had a tremendous tournament, finishing with three goals and five points in six games. This is his second Olympic medal, as he won silver in 2006.

Maatta medaled in his first-ever Olympics, another impressive accomplishment for the 19-year-old rookie. And while the team effort is what’s important to Maatta, we have to give him credit for his individual performance. With just one game left to be played between Canada and Sweden for on Sunday, Maatta ranked fourth in scoring among defensemen with three goals and five points in six games, matching his veteran teammate Jokinen's total.

He scored Finland’s fifth and final goal on a power play in the third period. He noticed a seam by the Americans’ net and sneakily drifted into it, where Lehtera found Maatta with a pass that he rifled into the net.

The Americans were held scoreless for a second straight game, which was rather unexpected after they had led the tournament with 20 goals in their first four games. Their fourth-place finish comes after they won silver back in 2010.

Congratulations to all of the Penguins players and staff that participated in the bronze medal game! Next up, Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Team Canada will face Sweden in the gold medal game on Sunday at 7 a.m. EST.

Photos from the bronze medal game (courtesy of Getty Images):



























































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POSTED ON Friday, 02.21.2014 / 10:59 AM


The Olympic semifinals were held today with a spot in the Gold Medal Game on the line. In the morning Sweden topped Finland, 2-1, to make their first appearance in the GMG since winning gold in 2006. In the afternoon contest Canada bested the United States, 1-0, for the right to defend their title from the 2010 Games.

BRONZE GAME
United States vs. Finland, Saturday, 10 a.m.

GOLD MEDAL GAME
Sweden vs. Canada, Sunday, 7 a.m.






CANADA 1, UNITED STATES 0
The United States entered the semifinals as the highest scoring team in the Olympic tournament. But it was the Carey Price show as he stopped all 31 shots he faced for a shutout as Canada topped the US, 1-0, to advance to the Gold Medal Game for the second straight Olympics.

The only goal of the game came 1:41 minutes into the second period. Jay Bouwmeester's shot from the point was re-directed by Jamie Benn at the top of the crease to give Canada the only goal it needed in the win.

Chris Kunitz had one shot and nearly poked in his own rebound, lifting it just wide of the post. Sidney Crosby had four shots in the contest.

Jonathan Quick was the best player for the United States and kept the game close while under heavy pressure. He made 36 saves in the contest. Paul Martin did not play in the contest, instead watching from the stands with a cast on his hand.





SWEDEN 2, FINLAND 1
Defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the game-winning goal late in the second period on the power play to lift Sweden past Finland, 2-1, and into the Gold Medal Game on Sunday. All three of the game's goals came in the second period. Olli Jokinen opened the scoring for Finland when he sneaked a shot in from the side of the post on goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The Swedes came back with goals from Loui Eriksson and Karlsson. Lundqvist made 25 saves, including eight in the third period, to help Sweden return to the Gold Medal Game for the first time since capturing gold in 2006.

Olli Maatta finished the game with four shots while Jussi Jokinen posted one shot. Finland will play Saturday in the bronze medal game.



PHOTO-RAMA


Phil Kessel heads to the ice.


Carey Price makes his way to the ice.


USA did not have Paul Martin in the lineup. He watched from the stands with a cast on his hand.










Opening faceoff.


Game on.


Bolshoy Arena shot.


Shea Weber with the nasty slapper.


Chris Kunitz carries the puck.


Jeff Carter was one of the best players in today's game.


Canada captain Sidney Crosby.


Corey Perry tries to stuff a puck in the side of the net.


No caption needed.


Patrice Bergeron skates up the ice.


Crosby with some white snow on his jersey.


Jonathan Quick with a silly sick save on Jamie Benn.


Crosby.


Benn re-directs a shot into the goal from the slot.


Benn screams in celebration.


Price made one of his 31 saves against Stastny.


Final horn and Canada wins.


Handshake.


Olli Maatta fights for a puck along the boards.


Olli Jokinen and Alex Steen.


Finland struck first on O.Jokinen's goal.


O.Jokinen celebrates at the side the cage after scoring his goal.


Jussi Jokinen fist bumps teammates after Finland takes a 1-0 lead.


Maatta


J.Jokinen takes down Steen.


Sweden scored the game-winning goal in the second period on the power play.


Erik Karlsson tallied the winner.


Daniel Alfredsson vs. Maatta.


Henrik Lundqvist keeps the puck out of net in the final minutes of the game.


Lundqvist celebrates Sweden's return to the Gold Medal Game.




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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.19.2014 / 7:55 AM


Today concluded the quarterfinals action. Finland topped Russia, 3-1, USA defeated Czech Republic, 5-2, and Canada beat Latvia, 2-1, as several Pens Olympians move on to semifinals action - and in the case of Canada-USA against each other.

SEMIFINALS MATCHUPS

7 a.m. - Sweden vs. Finland
12 p.m. - USA vs. Canada

Oh the drama.





FINLAND 3, RUSSIA 1
Evgeni Malkin's dream of winning Olympic gold on his home soil came to an end Wednesday at the hands of Pens teammates Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta as Finland secured a 3-1 win against Russia to advance to the semifinals against Sweden.

Teemu Selanne and Mikael Granlund each posted one goal and one assist and Juhamatti Aaltonen scored a goal for Finland. Goaltender Tuukka Rask made 37 saves between the pipes. Maatta and Jokinen each notched one shot.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone Russian goal. Malkin recorded four shots in the game. Seymon Varlamov surrendered three goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Sergei Bobrovsky.

Finland and Sweden will play Friday.





USA 5, CZECH REPUBLIC 2
The United States mounted a 4-1 lead halfway through the second period and coasted to a 5-2 victory against the Czech Republic to advance to the semifinal round.

Five different players scored for America: James van Riemsdyk; Dustin Brown; David Backes; Zach Parise; and Phil Kessel. Ryan Suter had three assists and Ryan Kesler notched two assists. Backes also had an assist for a two-point game. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves.

Paul Martin had one shot and a plus-1 rating. Brooks Orpik had one shot and two penalty minutes.

Ales Hemsky scored both goals for the Czechs.





CANADA 2, LATVIA 1
It took a late goal from defenseman Shea Weber to lift Canada over Latvia, 2-1, and into the semifinals. It was Weber's third goal of the Olympics.

Patrick Sharp scored the game's first goal. But Lauris Darzins scored on a breakaway to even the score. It remained 1-1 until Weber's goal at 13:06 of the third period.

The star of the game was Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis, who made 55 saves in the loss.

Sidney Crosby had one shot and an even rating. Chris Kunitz had two shots and an even rating.



PHOTO-RAMA


Jussi Jokinen gets a chance at the side of the net.


Evgeni Malkin gets into it with a Finnish player.


Malkin


Malkin throwing a check...


...and connecting.


Alexander Semin defended by Olli Maatta.


Malkin gets off a shot.


Sergei Bobrovsky makes a save on Jokinen.


Sidney Crosby ready for opening faceoff.


Chris Kunitz.


Crosby gets off a shot from his rear.


Timeout late in the third period.




Martin St. Louis reunited with Crosby and Kunitz.


Crosby fighting for a puck.


Paul Martin



Martin


USA celebrates after Phil Kessel's goal.


Patrick Kane carries the puck.


Jonathan Quick makes a save.


Final. USA wins!!


Team celebration.



WRAPUP


All that glitters is gold
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 11:48 AM


RUSSIA 4, NORWAY 0
Alexander Radulov scored two goals and added an assist for three points to help Russia eliminate Norway with a 4-0 victory to advance to the quarterfinals round against Finland. Pavel Datsyuk posted three assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for the shutout.

Evgeni Malkin finished with two shots on goal. He and Russia will now take on Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. EST.



PHOTO-RAMA


Norway gathers around goaltender Lars Haugen.




Alexander Radulov is congratulated by Ilya Kovalchuk


Close call...


Alex Ovechkin gets some height going in on a breakaway.


Russia managed to score four goals on Haugen.


Radulov is quite excited after scoring his second goal of the game.



WRAPUP
Here is Wednesday's lineup of games (to be updated after the noon games)...

Sweden vs. Slovenia (3 a.m.)
Finland vs. Russia (7:30 a.m.)
Canada vs. Latvia (noon)
USA vs. Czech Republic (noon)

All that glitters is gold



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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 10:24 AM


The preliminary round of Olympic men's hockey action wraps up today. All the Pens participants had games. In the early morning games Team USA topped Slovenia with a convincing 5-1 final. Slovakia was a handful for Russia, but the host country pulled out a 1-0 win in the shootout. Defenseman Brooks Orpik recorded his first point of the tournament with an assist. Here's a look at how the rest of the Pens Olympians did today...
  • Brooks Orpik: 1 assist, plus-1 rating
  • Paul Martin: plus-1 rating
  • Evgeni Malkin: 5 shots
  • Olli Maatta: minus-1 rating
  • Jussi Jokinen: 1 assist, plus-1 rating
  • Chris Kunitz: 1 shot
  • Sidney Crosby: 1 assist, 1 shot





USA 5, SLOVENIA 1
Phil Kessel tallied a natural hat trick as the Americans finished off preliminary action with their third win in three tries in a 5-1 triumph over Slovenia. Kessel scored the game's opening three goals - the first with a nice 1-on-1 move, second batting in an airborne puck, third a dirty rebound. Joe Pavelski was the helper, posting three assists while setting up all of Kessel's goals. David Backes and Ryan McDonagh also scored for the United States. Goaltender Ryan Miller 17 saves in the win.

Orpik's breakout pass helped setup Kessel's second goal, and earned the blueliner his first point of the Olympics.





RUSSIA 1, SLOVAKIA 0 (SO)
Russia couldn't find a way to beat Slovak goaltender Jan Laco in 65 minutes. But Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk both scored in the shootout as Russia escaped with a 1-0 victory. Laco made 36 saves to salvage a point for Slovakia. Russia was putting on intense pressure in the second and third period, especially with two power-play opportunities late in the third period, but Laco was able to hold them at bay.

Evgeni Malkin finished the game with 5 shots. He did hit the post late in the third period. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and two stops in the shootout for a shutout.





CANADA 2, FINLAND 1 OT
Drew Doughty scored both Canada goals, including the overtime game-winner, to give Team Canada a 2-1 victory in the final game of the preliminary round against Finland. Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal for Finland. Crosby recorded an assist on Doughty's first goal, which came on the power play. Jussi Jokinen notched an assist on the only Finnish score.



PHOTO-RAMA
Here's a photo roundup for the day...


James van Riemsdyk and Brooks Orpik


Orpik


Kessel celebrates after scoring one of his three goals.


Ryan Kesler gets into it with Andrej Tavzelj.


Group celebration.




Ryan Miller says "I got this."


President Putin taking in the Russia-Slovak game.




Evgeni Malkin crashes the net.




Malkin runs into Alexander Syomin.


Evgeni Medvedev unleashes a shot.


The Russian and Slovakian benches watch the shootout.


Finland celebrates after Ruutu ties the game in the second period.




Toews tries a wraparound on goal...


somehow Rask keeps the puck out.


Rask with the desperation save on Toews wraparound.


Refs rule "no goal" when Rick Nash knocked a puck off the top of the net and in.


Crosby and company huddle after Doughty's first goal of the game.



WRAPUP
That concludes the perliminary rounds. Below are the final seedings.

1. Sweden
2. United States
3. Canada
4. Finland
5. Russia
6. Switzerland
7. Czech Republic
8. Slovenia
9. Austria
10. Slovakia
11. Latvia
12. Norway

The elimination round looks as follows:


The elimination round starts Tuesday. Malkin will be the only Pen in action. Let the real games begin.

All that glitters is gold.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.15.2014 / 10:50 AM


The Pens Olympic players and staff finally went head-to-head as Team USA head coach Dan Bylsma, assistant coach Tony Granato and defensemen Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik took on Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia on Russian soil. And this opening salvo goes to the United States, who scored a 3-2 shootout win.


USA 3, RUSSIA 2 (SO)
The heroes of the game were forward TJ Oshie and goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Oshie converted four scores in the shootout to keep the USA alive, and finally to give them the victory. In Olympic shootouts after the opening round of three shooters is complete teams can send out anyone they want, including players that have already shot. Oshie scored on his very first shootout attempt in the round of three. After that, he was the only American to shoot. And he converted three more times, including the game-deciding shot through the five-hole of Sergei Bobrovsky.


After scoring the winner, Oshie pointed down the length of the ice to give credit to his netminder. Quick had to be brilliant in the shootout against the Russians. They brought skill and sick moves. He held his own long enough for Oshie to finally put it away. Quick was also solid during the game's opening 65 minutes with 29 saves.

The United States benefited from a pair of penalties taken by Alexander Radulov. The Americans scored two power-play goals (Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski), their only goals during regulation/OT. The US also benefited from a call late in the third period. Russia appeared to have taken a 3-2 lead late in the third period on Fedor Tyutin's shot from the point. However, the net had been dislodged prior to the goal. In international rules, any goal scored with the net off is disallowed. America dodged that bullet and then won the game.

Russia had a big game from their captain, Pavel Datsyuk. He scored both goals for his country.


PHOTO-RAMA


USA celebrates after Fowler ties the game at 1-1 on the power play.


Brooks Orpik defends Alexander Semin.


Evgeni Malkin makes a move to get around an American.


Orpik gets low to block a shot. But Quick's got him covered with the pad.


Joe Pavelski with the high-fives after scoring a power-play goal to give USA a 2-1 lead.


Malkin tries to skate through David Backes. Not very successfully either.


Paul Martin carrying the puck.


Malkin tries to sneak a shot in through the back of the net.


Martin plays the puck off the end boards while Malkin and Kovalchuk pursue.


Malkin skates away from American captain Zach Parise.


Asst coach Peter Laviolette and head coach Dan Bylsma pick their shootout players.


Teams wait for the ice to be cleaned for the shootout.


WRAPUP
That's all for today's blog coverage. USA gets a big win in the preliminary round. A lot of Pens in action tomorrow. Russia will try to rebound against Slovakia. The United States will battle Slovenia. Both of those games are at 7:30 a.m. EST. Then at noon Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Canada take on Jussi Jokinen, lead scoring defenseman Olli Maatta and Finland. See you then!

All that glitters is gold.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.14.2014 / 11:33 AM


The Pens Olympians were back in action Friday morning with a pair of contests. Canada took on Austria and played a game that better matched their talented lineup than their previous contest. The Canadians easily discarded Austria with a 6-0 win. Finland was looking to build some momentum following their victory on Thursday. Mission accomplished as the Fins pushed aside Norway 6-1. This means the Pens Olympic players/coaches/staff remain undefeated in the tournament (though that will end when USA plays Russia Saturday). Here's how the Pens players faired today...
  • Sidney Crosby: 1 assist, 2 shots, plus-1 rating
  • Chris Kunitz: 1 shot, even rating
  • Jussi Jokinen: 3 shots, plus-1 rating
  • Olli Maatta: 3 points, 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-4 rating (stud)





CANADA 6, AUSTRIA 0
Sidney Crosby picked up his first point of the Olympics with an assist on Jeff Carter's first goal. Carter would post two more following for a natural hat trick as Canada scored a convincing 6-0 win against Austria. Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout.

Ryan Getzlaf scored a goal and a pair of Canadian defensemen - Shea Weber and Drew Doughty - also tallied as Canada looked like the dominant force it can be. The defending champs are finding their groove.





FINLAND 6, NORWAY 1
Olli Maatta has become the breakout star of the Olympics. He had a three-point game against Norway in Finland's 6-1 victory. Maatta tallied his second goal of the tournament and added two assists. He now has four points, which is tied for the most by a blueliner in the Olympics (with countryman Sami Vatanen). Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals and the ageless legend Teemu Selanne even tallied.



PHOTO-RAMA
Here is a photo roundup from the action today.


Crosby greeting fans on his way to the ice


Sidney


Crosby


Carter scores his third goal of the game


Jussi Jokinen battling for a puck on the boards


Jokinen and Maatta celebrate after Maatta scores his second goal of the tournament










WRAPUP
That'll do it for today's Olympic coverage. Check back tomorrow on the blog for coverage of USA-Russia. Head coach Dan Bylsma and defensemen Brooks Orpik and Paul Martin square off against Evgeni Malkin in his home country. The game is at 7:30 EST. Don't miss it! See you then.

All that glitters is gold.




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POSTED ON Thursday, 02.13.2014 / 7:45 AM



The men's Olympic ice hockey teams got underway Wednesday for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. But all the Pens Olympians had to wait until Thursday for their first taste of action. All in all, a good day for the OlymPens. All four teams won their games and the Pens had plenty of contribution. In today's blog we have game recaps, notes and pictures.

  • Jussi Jokinen: 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots
  • Olli Maatta: 1 goal, 3 shots
  • Evgeni Malkin: 1 goal, 2 assists, plus-2, 5 shots
  • Paul Martin: even rating, 1 shot
  • Brooks Orpik: plus-3 rating
  • Sidney Crosby: plus-1 rating, 2 shots
  • Chris Kunitz: even rating, 2 shots





FINLAND 8, AUSTRIA 4
Finland opened the Olympic tournament with an impressive 8-4 victory against Austria with the help of a couple of Pens. Austria had a 2-1 lead halfway through the first period. Pittsburgh's Jussi Jokinen helped set up Sami Lepisto for a tally to notch the score at 2-2. Nineteen-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta scored the next goal to give Finland a 3-2 lead, a lead they would never lose. After Finland took a 4-2 lead, Jokinen, who had six shots in the game, scored his first goal of the Olympics to make it a 5-2 score. Jokinen's goal (and second point) would hold up to be the eventual game-winner. On the other side, Michael Grabner scored three of Austria's four goals in the contest.





USA 7, SLOVAKIA 1
Head coach Dan Bylsma has the US running at full speed. America, land of the free and home of the brave, scored six goals in the second period and rolled to an easy 7-1 triumph over Slovakia. The United States had a 1-0 lead after the first period. But when Tomas Tatar tied the game 24 seconds into the second period on a play that was very clearly offsides, America became angry and responded with a six-goal second period.

Phil Kessel led the Americans with three points (1G-2A). Paul Stastny scored two goals and a handful of other players registered a few points: Ryan Kesler (G-A); van Riemsdyk (2A); John Carlson (G-A); T.J. Oshie (2A); Patrick Kane (2A). Jonathan Quick was forced to make a few dazzling saves and was solid in net with 22 saves.

Defenseman Brooks Orpik finished with a plus-3 rating. Paul Martin was even with one shot on goal.





RUSSIA 5, SLOVENIA 2
While the Americans were cruising past Slovakia, Russia was taking on Slovenia. Things started well for Evgeni Malkin and company. Russia scored two goals in the opening 3:54 minutes after puck drop. The first was a tally by Alex Ovechkin - set up by Malkin. Then Malkin danced through a defenseman to score his own goal to give Russia the 2-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period Malkin picked up his third point of the game when he helped set up an Ilya Kovalchuk power-play goal as Russia took a 3-1 lead. Although Slovenia would pull within one, 3-2, with a late second-period goal, Russia notched a pair in the third to win 5-2.

Malkin was Russia's leading scorer with three points (1G-2A).



CANADA 3, NORWAY 1
A much closer game than many would have anticipated. After a scoreless first period, Shea Weber broke the zeroes with a nasty slap shot from the blue line. Jamie Benn scored a goal from the slot to make it a 2-0 game, which is where the score stood after 40 minutes. Norway got on the board 22 seconds into the third period on Patrick Thoresen's tip. Drew Doughty ended the scoring with a marvelous goal. He weaved through traffic in the slot, got tight on goal and lifted a sick backhander into the top shelf to make it 3-1. That's where the game ended.

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were held off the scoresheet, though they did get some chances - as well as their linemate Jeff Carter. Crosby was a plus-1 with two shots. Kunitz had 2 shots and 2 penalty minutes.



PHOTO-RAMA

Here is a photo roundup from the action today.


Olli squared. Olli Jokinen hugs Olli Maatta after a Finland goal. If you combine Olli Maatta and Jussi Jokinen do you get Olli Jokinen?


Maatta with the box out behind the net.


Evgeni Malkin was on fire today with a goal and two assists.


Celebration after a Russian goal.


This is what an Evgeni Malkin goal looks like if you lived your life as a hockey net.


"Geno"


Paul Martin gets proper body position then pushes the puck ahead.


Martin and Joe Pavelski


Brooks Orpik, who was a plus-3 today, does the glove bumps after an American goal.


Martin unleashes a shot on goal.


One final shot of Martin for good measure.


Game over. Shake hands.






The name is Quick. Jonathan Quick.


Canada vs. Norway faceoff. Kunitz-Crosby-Carter line to start.


Canada's captain


Weber and Crosby fist bump after Weber's opening tally...


and then are joined by teammates.


Carter and Crosby crashing the crease.


Jamie Benn getting some air.


Happy Canadian bench.


Last one of Crosby carrying the puck in the neutral zone.



WRAPUP
That'll do it for today's Olympic coverage. Not easy covering four games in one day (with a 3 a.m. start). I'll be back at it tomorrow with recaps, stats, notes and pics from Canada-Austria and Finland-Norway. Both games are at noon EST. See you all then. 

All that glitters is gold.

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