The Playoff pairings for the tournament are set. Via James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail:
Group A (Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States)
-A hat trick by Phil Kessel led the United States to a 5-1 win against Slovenia. Joe Pavelski recorded three assists for San Jose while teammate Ryan Miller made 17 saves. Brooks Orpik recorded an assist for the United States while teammate Paul Martin was held without a point.
-A great look at the United States' Ryan McDonagh sniping one by Slovenia's Luka Gracnar:
-Miller had issues with this puck:
-Miller had help with this puck:
-Orpik roaming the ice:
-The United States' Blake Wheeler couldn't beat Gracnar:
-Slovenia's Matic Podlipnik and Wheeler battled for this puck:
-Slovenia president Borut Pahor had a very sad look as he watched his team:
-"This is a chance for us to have a moment, this generation of players. We've got some great inspiration. We don't want to take anything away from what those other teams did [in 1960 and 1980], but we feel like we've got an opportunity to do something special here, and we're going to put everything into it." - United States forward David Backes.
-Kessel recorded the first hat trick by a United States player in Olympic play since John LeClair in 2002.
-Slovenia forward Anze Kopitar was briefly hospitalized after feeling ill.
-Shootout goals by Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk gave Russia a 1-0 win against Slovakia. Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves for Russia. Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia.
-Slovakia's Tomas Tatar couldn't beat Varlamov:
-Kovalchuk beat Slovakia's Jan Laco:
-Radulov was excited:
-Radulov tried to split Slovakia's Ivan Baranka and Zdeno Chara:
-The handshake line:
-"We wanted to prove to ourselves we could play better hockey than we showed in the first two games. I think we showed everybody that we can play with anybody." - Slovakia defenseman Andrej Meszaros on his team's strong defensive effort after two weak games
Group B (Austria, Canada, Finland, Norway)
-Two goals by Drew Doughty, including one in overtime, gave Canada a 2-1 win against Finland. Carey Price made 14 saves in the win. Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada while teammate Chris Kunitz was held without a point. Jussi Jokinen netted an assist for Finland while teammate Olli Maatta was held without a point.
-A good look at Doughty's overtime goal:
-And Doughty's celebration:
-Finland's Tuukka Rask did what he could to keep this puck out:
-Canada's Jonathan Toews was held up by Finland's Ossi Vaananen:
-Price snagged this puck:
-“There’s not a lot of room out there, they were playing pretty tight. [Finland was] relying on playing defence and waiting for us to make mistakes so we played a pretty patient game. That’s the kind of game we’re going to have to play but we’ll have to work hard to get our chances.” - Cosby.
-"I don't know what's going on. I don't score like this in L.A. at all. A lot of it is just my teammates. They're doing a great job getting me the puck." - Doughty on scoring four goals in three Olympic games. In 59 NHL games this season, he has eight goals.
-Michael Grabner had two goals and an assist for Austria in a 3-1 defeat of Norway. Mathias Lange made 34 saves in the win.
-A collision between Austria's Andreas Nodl and Norway's Jonas Holos resulted in a broken pane of glass:
-Norway's Lar Haugen had the wrong view of this puck:
-Happy times for Norway. Not so much for Lange:
-Everyone, particularly Lange, had issues here:
-Austria won an Olympic game for the first time in 12 years.
Group C (Czech Republic, Latvia, Sweden, Switzerland)
-"My life has been a strange journey, so this is nothing new for me." - Czech forward Petr Nedved on playing in the Olympics at the age of 42.
-Tight defense and goaltending have led to success for Switzerland.
-Reviewing Ray Shero's history at the trade deadline.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Aleksey Morozov (right). A first-round pick in 1995, Morozov, the only player to wear No. 95 in franchise history, spent his entire seven-year NHL career in Pittsburgh. As a rookie in 1997-98, Morozov played in 76 game and scored 26 points. He appeared in six postseason games that spring and recorded one assist. He followed that up in 1998-99 by appearing in 67 games and collecting 19 points. During that spring's postseason, Morozov played in 10 games and scored two points. In 1999-2000, Morozov saw action in 68 games and netted 31 points. He was limited to five postseason games that spring and failed to record a point. During 2000-01, he played in 66 games and scored 19 points. In 18 postseason games that season, he scored six points. Spending most of 2001-02 on a wing with Mario Lemieux, Morozov appeared in 72 games and scored 49 points. Morozov was limited to 27 games and 25 points in 2001-02. His finest NHL season was his last. In 2003-04, Morozov played in 75 games and scored a career-best 50 points. During the 2004 offseason, he joined Ak Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League. He is still a member of Ak Bars Kazan now of the KHL. In 451 games with the Penguins, Morozov scored 219 points, 34th-most in franchise history. In 39 postseason games, he scored nine points.
-Happy 72nd birthday to former Penguins forward George Swarbrick. Acquired midway through the 1968-69 season along with Bryan Watson and Tracy Pratt in a trade that sent Earl Ingarfield, Gene Ubriaco and Dick Mattiussi to the Oakland Seals, Swarbrick spent parts of two seasons in Pittsburgh. He finished 1968-69 by playing in 19 games and scoring seven points for the Penguins. In 1969-70, he saw action in 12 game and recorded one assist. During the 1970 offseason, he was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Terry Ball. In 31 games with the Penguins, he recorded seven points.
-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Ladislav Karabin. A ninth-round pick in 1990, Karabin's entire NHL career amounted to nine games and no points in 1993-94. After spending all of 1994-95 with the Penguins' IHL affiliate in Cleveland, Karabin joined the Sabres as a free agent in the 1995 offseason.
Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins forward Andre St. Laurent (right). Claimed off waivers midway through the 1981-82 season from the Kings, St. Laurent spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished 1981-82 by playing in 18 games for the Penguins and scoring 13 points. During that postseason, St. Laurent, the first player in franchise history to wear No. 34, scored three points in five games. His only full season in Pittsburgh was 1982-83. He played in 70 games and scored 22 points. After eight games and two assists in 1983-84, St. Laurent was dealt to the Red Wings in exchange for future considerations. In 96 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 37 points.
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