For the beautiful Olympic-opening upset loss to Slovenia and all of the outcry that got here with it, the U.S. males’s hockey workforce hasn’t misplaced the power to find out its personal future.
As a part of a oddly erratic Group B spherical robin, Group USA beat Slovakia, which upset the Olympic Athletes from Russia, which defeated Slovenia. Such unpredictable outcomes truncated the standings, and the People enter their last preliminary contest versus the Russians in first place (4 factors).
A win Saturday by the U.S. locks down a bye within the single-elimination stage, making certain a prime-three seed and thus a neater three-recreation street to the medal spherical quite than 4.
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If we have discovered a lesson from the primary two video games, although, it is that nothing must be assumed in a event with out NHL gamers. In any case, OAR, for all its faults, entered Pyeongchang as gold-medal favorites, one thing a single slip-up towards Slovakia does not change. The Russians throttled Slovenia eight-2 on Thursday and appear to be again on monitor. Their velocity and scoring prowess ought to scare the U.S. and beginning goalie Ryan Zapolski, who has appeared shaky at occasions up to now within the event.
Slovenia and Slovakia employed a slog-it-out technique whereas up towards superior skills. The U.S. might have to take a web page out of that playbook to stall the Russians, who boast 4 scoring strains led by Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. Kirill Kaprizov, a 20-yr-previous Wild prospect, leads the whole event with 4 objectives after his hat trick Thursday.
For the primary time, the U.S. is the underdog on this matchup and the group continues to be up for grabs.
Slovenia and Slovakia additionally meet face to face Saturday. The winner of USA-Russia probably will take the group, however a Slovakia victory and U.S. loss would go away the People in third place, out of the operating for a bye, and headed for a possible assembly with Sweden, Finland or Canada earlier than medals are at stake. That is lower than ideally suited.
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USA vs. Russia live rating, updates
First interval — OAR 1, USA zero
Photographs on aim: OAR thirteen, USA eleven
7:fifty five — Group B update: Slovenia has a 1-zero lead over Slovakia after one interval. That is the perfect end result for the U.S.
7:fifty four — Good to see ol’ George Washington is doing nicely.
GET IT, GEORGE WASHINGTON pic.twitter.com/DD09ju8JT5
— Olympic Hockey on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 17, 2018
7:forty nine — Feeling down after that first interval? This is a reminder Canada misplaced three-2 in a shootout to the Czech Republic final night time, ending their streak of eleven straight wins on the Olympics. Nobody is invincible on this event.
7:forty six — USA trails Russia 1-zero after one interval. OAR begins the second on the facility play because of the Noah Welch hooking penalty. U.S. might want to generate larger high quality scoring possibilities. The Russians are attending to the web, however can rely on one hand USA’s alternatives within the first (Donato’s crossbar clank being one among them).
7:forty two — A mad scramble in entrance of the U.S. internet and it seems like Matt Gilroy simply saved a objective. Puck received behind Ryan Zapolski and Gilroy swooped in with his stick and batted it away. Ilya Kovalchuk then attracts penalty on Noah Welch. OAR energy play coming up with 26.7 seconds left in first.
cloooooose name for #TeamUSA? pic.twitter.com/88PfQ7AFBE
— Olympic Hockey on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) February 17, 2018
7:38 — Simply missed. Purple-scorching Ryan Donato clanks it off the crossbar with three:sixteen left in first interval. He scored twice final recreation.
7:35 — Ryan Zapolski hasn’t been sharp. He will need to quiet down with the rebound management (a problem for him within the first two video games too). Russians will bury one or two ultimately.
7:33 — Extra pushing and shoving in entrance of the Russian internet after Vasily Koshechkin freezes the puck.
7:31 — Jordan Greenway and Nikolai Prokhorkin scuffle proper in entrance of the Russia bench. Greenway is getting his palms soiled today.
7:29 — Energy play expires. The U.S. spent more often than not behind its personal internet. They could not begin a breakout to save lots of their lives.
7:26 — USA will get an influence play now. Sergei Kalinin is off for tripping. The U.S. was 2 for 6 with the person benefit towards Slovakia with Ryan Donato working his magic twice.
7:24 — GOAL. The Russians strike first. Nikolai Prokhorkin scores 7:21 in off tic-tac-toe passing from Sergei Mozyakin. That is the primary time the U.S. has trailed on the Olympics.
7:15 — There is a full, energetic crowd for this one cut up evenly between U.S. and Russia followers. On the ice, issues are off the chippy begin. Pavel Datsyuk took a run at Bobby Sanguinetti within the nook, knocking him to the ice, and large Jordan Greenway involves his protection.
7:12 — Broc Little loses his footing and takes a spill into the Russian internet with nobody else round. Faceoff coming.
7:10 — Right here. We. Go. The puck has dropped on USA vs. the Olympic Athletes from Russia. We’ll simply name ’em Russians for the needs of this weblog.
6:forty five — The groups have taken the ice. OAR is in purple with the impartial Olympic flag on the crest.
4 years after the epic Sochi showdown, it’s #teamUSA towards the Russians once more. pic.twitter.com/esUByUwnLJ
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) February 17, 2018
6:35 a.m. — USA goes with established order towards the Russians. Similar lineup because the Slovakia recreation.
Group USA’s strains vs. OAR. No modifications from the Slovakia recreation. pic.twitter.com/5Av32mQyrY
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) February 17, 2018
Time: 7:10 a.m. ET
Location: Gangneung Hockey Centre
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