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Virtual Sochi- **G - Sweden, S - Canada, B - Russia**

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01-12-2014, 12:39 PM
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Slovakia 4, Latvia 2

Scoring Summary
1. SVK T. Jurco (1) (Chara, Meszaros) 3:53, 1st (PP)
2. SVK M. Handzus (5) (Tatar, Hossa) 17:03, 1st
3. LAT Z. Girgensons (2) (Rekis, Redlihs) 19:04, 2nd
4. SVK T. Jurco (2) (Gaborik, Sekera) 0:43, 3rd
5. SVK M. Gaborik (2) (Hossa, Chara) 6:37, 3rd
6. LAT K. Daugavins (3) (Unassisted) 15:36, 3rd (PP)

Penalty Summary
1. LAT Rekis (2-min, tripping) 3:04, 1st
2. SVK Sekera (2-min, high-sticking) 14:11, 2nd
3. SVK Chara (2-min, roughing) 13:39, 3rd
4. LAT Redlihs (2-min, slashing) 18:25, 3rd

3 Stars
1. SVK Jurco (2G)
2. SVK Gaborik (1G, 1A)
3. SVK Halak (27/29)

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01-12-2014, 12:45 PM
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USA - Norway PreGame

USA

Parise - Kesler - Kane
van Riemsdyk - Stastny - Kessel
Pacioretty - Backes - Oshie
Brown - Pavelski - Callahan

Suter - Martin
McDonagh - Shattenkirk
Fowler - Orpik

Miller
Quick



Norway

Zuccarello - M.Olimb - Thoresen
Röymark - Bastiansen - Holtet
Skröder - K.Olimb - Rosseli Olsen
Dahlstrøm - Forsberg - Roest

Tollefsen - Holøs
M.Trygg - Bonsaksen
Rindal - Nørstebø

Haugen
Volden


Both of these teams showed flashes of their potential in the Pool Round, however neither will be satisfied with how their respective pools shook down.

The US were soundly beaten by Russia, while Norway lost to upstart Austria in OT.

Both have something to prove.

The winner goes home- could we see an upset?

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USA, but it'll be close.

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01-12-2014, 12:51 PM
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Kesler and Olimb in the circle, and our Russian referee drops the puck to get us underway in Game 3 of out 1/16 finals.

Neither team will be very happy with how their respective pool games went, and the chance for redemption begins now!

Olimb won it back to Jonas Holos, who loops back behind the Norwegian net WHERE HE GETS CRUSHED BY Zach Parise on the forecheck-

Puck squirts into the far corner, Kane on it in a flash for the US,

He centers in FRONT-

GREAT SAVE HAUGEN!

The big Norwegian 'tender came across and stone-cold denied Ryan Kesler on the doorstep!

Not a good start for Norway, who look a little tentative, but the United States' top line setting the tone here early in Virtual Sochi!

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Eight minutes gone now, and the Norwegians have settled into a defensive game, choosing to allow the US to come at them in waves.

Here's Parise in over the line, takes a hit from Rindal, but leaves the puck for Kesler, Ryan Kesler skates into the slot- AND HE GETS LIT UP BY NORSTEBO!

The Norwegian bench is on its feet as Kesler lies on the ground, writhing in pain and clutching his left shoulder!

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bring on the quarterfinals!!!

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01-12-2014, 01:00 PM
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It looks like Ryan Kesler's Virtual Olympics could be finished after a vicious hit from the Norwegian defenseman Norstebo, who was also shaken up on the massive collision.

Five minutes to go in the first here in Virtual Sochi, and we're still scoreless as the Norwegians are relying heavily on goaltender Lars Haugen to withstand the US onslaught.

Now on it is Rindal in his own zone for Norway, he sends it cross-ice for his partner Norstebo, who misplays it off his stick and into his skates,

As he looks down HERE COMES OSHIE-

*OOOOOOOOOHH*

TJ Oshie just crushed Norstebo along the boards,

Play continues as Backes has a 2-on-1,

Backes, holds, holds, SHOOTS-



KICK SAVE HAUGEN AND A BEAUTY! This guy is on fire!

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The horn goes to end period one, and the United States trudge off the ice knowing they should've done better in the first period.

Norway are all smiles, leaving the ice somehow tied, despite being outshot 17-2 in the first period.

Lars Haugen's smile is biggest of all



Will the US be able to break down the 26 year-old Norwegian goaltender?

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The second period has begun much in the same fashion as the first period ended- with the US dominating.

Credit to the Norwegians they've managed to avoid taking penalties, despite the obvious talent gap.

Here comes Patrick Kane through the neutral zone, head down, dipsy-doodles around Thoresen, Kane heads up ice-

AND GETS ABSOLUTELY ANNIHILATED BY MATS ZUCCARELLO!



What a crushing open-ice hit from the diminutive Norwegian!!!

The Norwegian bench, for the second time today, is on its feet and PUMPED

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The Norwegians are slowly beginning to take this game over, especially as the US have lost two-thirds of their top line!

We're nearing the mid-way point of period #2 here in Virtual Sochi, still scoreless.

Here comes Patrick Thoresen, taking a breakout pass and heading into the neutral zone.

Thoresen, finds Mathis Olimb at the US blueline, and now the Norwegians attack, 3-on-2.

Olimb, cuts outside, but gets pushed roughly into the corner by Paul Martin.

Olimb still with it, cycles it behind the net, where it's picked up by Zuccarello, he wraps around the net CENTERS-

SCORES!

Patrick Thoresen, and the Norwegians take a shocking one-nothing lead on just their fifth shot of the afternoon!

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Zucc is such a boss.

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Haha Zucc. I could totally see this happening.

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Absolute madness here in Virtual Sochi, as the US are losing their grip on this game.

Paul Martin's just taken a five-minute boarding major, and the Norwegians have a real chance to blow this game open on the powerplay!

...

What a fantastic kill thus far by the US, just one minute remaining in the penalty to Martin, as the Norwegians set up now for the final time on this powerplay.

Thoresen, sends it up to the point for Mathis Olimb, he goes cross-ice to Tollefsen, who WINDS, FIRES-

Great blocker save by Miller through traffic!

Puck falls to Zuccarello in the corner, he sends it back up top to Tollefsen,

Pavelski rushes him,

Tollefsen fakes the shot,

Pavelski goes spinning out of the zone on his knees!

Tollefsen walks into the slot,

SHOOTS-

*PING*

SCORES!!!!!!!!!!!

It might've been tipped in front by Zuccarello, regardless Norway DOUBLE THEIR LEAD!

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Norway for Gold!!!

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The United States head to the dressing room, surprisingly down by a pair of goals.

If the US can somehow mount a comeback, they'll have to do so without two-thirds of their top line, as both Patrick Kane and Ryan Kesler have been ruled out from returning in this game.

Here's our Intermission Interview, with Norwegian stud Mats Zuccarello.

"Mats, how do you feel you guys are playing right now?"

"Well, you know, we're giving a hundred and ten percent out there, and so far we're truly kicking their a-, kicking their butts. NORGE BABY, NORGE!"

"Your part in the cycle created the second Norwegian goal. What do you have to do to continue being successful?"

"Well, you know, he have to fight, for every inch of ice, just like our ancestors did when they pillaged Scandinavia! That is why I hit Patrick in the neutral zone! You can't skate through the neutral zone with your head down like that, it's suicide!"

"On that note Mats, one final question- any remorse on what happened to Patrick Kane?"

"Remorse? This is the Olympics. This is where the gods compete. We are here to win, and I think that, you know, with Lars playing the way he is (spits), you know, we will be the gods of this game. And of this TOURNAMENT!"

"Right, good luck in the third period Mats!"

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The third period is underway, and the Norwegians are looking amped up!

The US have virtually no time on the puck, as the red jerseys are on them like flies.

Here goes Cam Fowler, starting the breakout from behind his own net, head-fakes a pass to Pacioretty, continues into the neutral zone,

Here comes Cam Fowler with a head of steam, in over the Norwegian line 1-on-3,

Fakes a shot, dangles past Rindal,

Lets one FLY-

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*PING*

Off the crossbar, SO close from Cam Fowler after a fantastic individual effort!

The puck bounces all the way into the netural zone, where it's picked up by a streaking Patrick Thoresen.

Thoresen, in over the US line 1-on-1 with Orpik,

Thoresen slides the puck through Orpik's legs,

AND GETS IT ON THE OTHER SIDE!

Moves in all alone on Miller,

To the BACKHANDDDDDD-

SAVE Miller!

Puck loose in the slot, Zuccarello the trailer WINDS, FIRES-


GREAT SECOND SAVE BY MILLER, HE WAS ON HIS ASS AS HE MADE THAT ONE!

A standing ovation for Ryan Miller, as he keeps the US in this game!

13:07 left, still 2-nothing for Norway!

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That suspense was killer. Nice job.

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Prediction: USA scores 3 goals in the last 7 minutes to win.

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Only six minutes remaining now, and the Americans are visibly desperate!

Puck chipped into the Norwegian zone, Holos back to retrieve it for Norway.

He sends it around to his partner Tollefsen, but takes a hard, high hit from Oshie. Holos gives him the business, and a tidy little two-hander for it.

BUT THE REFEREE'S ARM SHOOTS UP, and the US will have a powerplay opportunity here late in period three!

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The Americans waste no time going to work here on the powerplay, as Stastny wins the draw back to Kevin Shattenkirk.

Shattenkirk, skates to the middle of the blueline, stops, makes a DANGEROUS move around Thoresen,

Still on it Shattenkirk, WALKS INTO THE SLOT-

Passes down LOW!

AND AN UNBELIEVABLE PAD SAVE FROM LARS HAUGEN!!

Rebound still lose, they jam away at it,

AND IT'S IN!

A ridiculous sequence, but the Americans have cut the lead to one!

I'm not entirely sure who they're going to give the credit to, but with just 5:41 remaining in the game, the U.S. are within a goal!

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Gonna go down to the wire...

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Stupid penalty by Holos!

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But back come the Norwegians, as they try and regain their two-goal lead!

Here's Holtet, moving up the left side, into the US zone past Orpik.

Holtet, still on it, cuts to the faceoff dot,

Fowler goes to cover him,

BUT HOLTET SENDS IT TO THE POINT,

Bonsaksen with an open shot!

Waits, waits,

Roymark skates in front of Miller, THE SHOT-

TIPPED!

SCORES!

Unbelievable scenes here in Virtual Sochi as the Norwegians celebrate a spot in the quarter finals, it's THREE-ONE with two minutes left!

But wait a minute, Ryan Miller seems to be arguing something?


Our Russian referee is conferring with his linesmen, and it appears they're going to go upstairs to see if Roymark's tip was above the crossbar!

High drama here at Virtual Sochi!

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