So the first full day of games in the round robin portion of the tournament at the Sochi games is in the books. I didn’t watch a second of it, so let’s pretend to care together.
Mercifully, there were none. Michal Handzus played the fifth most of any Slovak today though with 17:41, which however incrementally takes tread off the tire.
- USA 7, Slovakia 1 – A bit of an unexpected rout, but the bottom half of the Slovak roster is peppered with has-beens and never-weres currently playing in The K and elsewhere in Europe, and Chara didn’t play that much relative to his usual workload. Patrick Kane had two assists and managed to keep his impressive streak going of not scoring a goal at even strength with Handzus on the ice.
- Canada 3, Norway 1 – Closer than it probably should have been. It really kind of defeats the Olympic spirit when it would have been immensely beneficial for Canada come the medal round to have run up the score on an overmatched Norway. Duncan Keith had an assist.
- Russia 5, Slovenia 2 – Apparently closer than it looked, and it wasn’t even Anze Kopitar who scored for Slovenia. It was something named Ziga Jeglic, potting the first two Olympic goals ever for Slovenia.
- Finland 8, Austria 4 – A bit of a surprise given that Finland is supposed to have the strongest goaltending in the tournament, whatever that even means. Michael Grabner scored three for Austria.
- Czech Republic vs Latvia – Given what a garbage fire the Czech team was against Sweden and how tight Latvia played the Swiss, this could be an upset. Sandish Ozolinsh might actually be sober for this one.
- Sweden vs Switzerland – Probably the best matchup of the day. The Swiss are basically the Euro Preds and can match the Swedes’ speed if not their firepower.
- Canada vs Austria – Another game the Canadians should win walking away.
- Finland vs Norway – A forgone conclusion, and everyone on both sides would likely rather be at a Gorgoroth show.