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Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Roundup-Canada and Russia survive scares

SOCHI, Russia Feb 13 (Reuters) – Gold medal favourites Russia and Canada got off to nervy starts in the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Thursday while the United States and Finland turned on the style in blowout wins.

Canada and Russia (as the former Soviet Union) between them have won 15 of 22 Olympic titles, but failed to live up to their superpower status as they laboured to opening wins against two ice hockey minnows.

Feb 13, 2014

Russia survive Slovenia scare in opener

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia got the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition off to a satisfactory start with a 5-2 win over feisty Slovenia on Thursday which did little to improve the host country’s gold medal hopes.

Going up against a Slovenian team making their Olympic debut, it was supposed to be a leisurely beginning to the tournament for the mighty Russians whose lineup features some of the world’s top talent.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Russia survive Slovenia scare in opener

SOCHI, Russia Feb 13 (Reuters) – Russia got the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition off to a satisfactory start with a 5-2 win over feisty Slovenia on Thursday which did little to improve the host country’s gold medal hopes.

Going up against a Slovenian team making their Olympic debut, it was supposed to be a leisurely beginning to the tournament for the mighty Russians whose lineup features some of the world’s top talent.

Feb 13, 2014

Finns win first stage of Tour de Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Finland took a Tour de Sochi approach to open the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition, riding bikes to the Boshoy Ice Dome on Thursday before cruising to an 8-4 win over Austria.

Although it was just the first stage of the 12-day tournament, the Finns got off to a flying start with the help of two goals each from Mikael Granlund and Jarkko Immonen.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Finns win first stage of Tour de Sochi

SOCHI, Russia Feb 13 (Reuters) – Finland took a Tour de Sochi approach to open the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition, riding bikes to the Boshoy Ice Dome on Thursday before cruising to an 8-4 win over Austria.

Although it was just the first stage of the 12-day tournament, the Finns got off to a flying start with the help of two goals each from Mikael Granlund and Jarkko Immonen.

Feb 12, 2014

Sweden opens Games with win over Czechs

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Swedish defenseman Erik Karlsson blasted a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday as the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition got underway at the Sochi Winter Games.

Switzerland also made a winning start, a 1-0 victory over a battling Latvia, but the tournament kicks into high gear when the big three of Canada, the United States and Russia take to the ice on Thursday.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Sweden opens Games with win over Czechs

SOCHI, Russia Feb 12 (Reuters) – Swedish defenceman Erik Karlsson blasted a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday as the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition got underway at the Sochi Winter Games.

Switzerland also made a winning start, a 1-0 victory over a battling Latvia, but the tournament kicks into high gear when the big three of Canada, the United States and Russia take to the ice on Thursday.

Feb 12, 2014

Miracle memories resurface in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – As would be expected, Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ are as different as the Cold War philosophies that provided the backdrop for a sporting contest that left an indelible mark on both countries.

It was 34 years ago in a small arena in upstate New York that a group of American college players faced off against the former Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’ in an ice hockey mismatch of David and Goliath proportions and scored a shock 4-3 victory that propelled the group of unknowns into sporting immortality.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Miracle memories resurface in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia Feb 12 (Reuters) – As would be expected, Russian and American memories of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics ‘Miracle on Ice’ are as different as the Cold War philosophies that provided the backdrop for a sporting contest that left an indelible mark on both countries.

It was 34 years ago in a small arena in upstate New York that a group of American college players faced off against the former Soviet Union’s ‘Big Red Machine’ in an ice hockey mismatch of David and Goliath proportions and scored a shock 4-3 victory that propelled the group of unknowns into sporting immortality.

Feb 12, 2014

Canada and U.S. showcase best of women’s game

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over the United States in a high-quality contest on Wednesday that showcased the best that women’s ice hockey can offer at the Sochi Olympics.

The trouble is that after nearly two decades of Olympic competition, Canada and the United States remain in a league of their own and are the only two nations capable of putting on such an entertaining show.