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Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Nervy Canada make semis after Latvia fright

SOCHI, Russia Feb 19 (Reuters) – Canada escaped with a nervy 2-1 quarter-final win over Latvia in the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament on Wednesday to keep their gold medal defence on track.

Despite dominating play and outshooting the plucky Latvians 57-16, Canada needed a late goal from Shea Weber to move into the semi-finals, where they will take on the United States in a rematch of the 2010 Vancouver Games gold medal game.

Feb 19, 2014

Russian defeat wrecks Putin’s plans for golden finish

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans for a golden finish to the Sochi Olympics were cancelled on Wednesday when Finland claimed a party-pooping win over the hosts of the Winter Games in the men’s ice hockey competition.

Russia have had other victories to celebrate and may yet finish top of the Sochi medal table, but that haul will not include gold in the sport that matters most.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Russian defeat wrecks Putin’s plans for golden finish

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans for a golden finish to the Sochi Olympics were cancelled on Wednesday when Finland claimed a party-pooping win over the hosts of the Winter Games in the men’s ice hockey competition.

Russia have had other victories to celebrate and may yet finish top of the Sochi medal table, but that haul will not include gold in the sport that matters most.

Feb 19, 2014

Ice hockey: Sweden put brakes on Slovenia joyride to reach semis

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Sweden brought Slovenia’s fairytale run in Sochi to an end with a 5-0 win on Wednesday to become the first team to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament.

While Slovenia head home for what is sure to be a heroes’ welcome, Sweden await the winners of Russia’s game with Finland later on Wednesday.

Feb 19, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Sweden put brakes on Slovenia joyride to reach semis

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Sweden brought Slovenia’s fairytale run in Sochi to an end with a 5-0 win on Wednesday to become the first team to reach the semi-finals of the Olympic men’s ice hockey tournament.

While Slovenia head home for what is sure to be a heroes’ welcome, Sweden await the winners of Russia’s game with Finland later on Wednesday.

Feb 18, 2014

Russia reach quarter-finals with win over Norway

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russia battled into the quarter-finals of the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Norway that did little to inspire the host nation’s gold medal hopes.

Russia will next face off against Finland on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals but the hard fought victory over winless Norway will not have provided much of a confidence boost.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Russia reach quarter-finals with win over Norway

SOCHI, Russia Feb 18 (Reuters) – Russia battled into the quarter-finals of the Olympic men’s ice hockey competition on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Norway that did little to inspire the host nation’s gold medal hopes.

Russia will next face off against Finland on Wednesday for a spot in the semi-finals but the hard fought victory over winless Norway will not have provided much of a confidence boost.

Feb 18, 2014

Women’s event to stay in Games, says IIHF

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Women’s ice hockey, which has come under fire for lacking competitiveness, will never be dropped from the Winter Olympics, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Tuesday.

IIHF chief Rene Fasel’s comments came after National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would be “distressed” if women’s ice hockey was chopped from the Olympic program.

Feb 18, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Women’s event to stay in Games, says IIHF

SOCHI, Russia Feb 18 (Reuters) – Women’s ice hockey, which has come under fire for lacking competitiveness, will never be dropped from the Winter Olympics, the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) said on Tuesday.

IIHF chief Rene Fasel’s comments came after National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would be “distressed” if women’s ice hockey was chopped from the Olympic programme.

Feb 18, 2014

NHL holds fire on whether to release players for 2018 Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The National Hockey League (NHL) was non-committal about players’ future participation in the Olympics on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility that the Sochi Games might be the last to showcase the world’s best players.

The three most powerful men in hockey – Rene Fasel, head of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players Association chief Donald Fehr – had no firm answers for reporters when asked whether NHL players would be back in four years’ time.