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Russia survives shootout with Slovakia 1-0
Russia exhales: Radulov, Kovalchuk score in shootout as hosts hold off winless Slovakia 1-0
By GREG BEACHAM
Associated Press
2014-02-16 11:42 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0 in the Olympic men's hockey tournament Sunday, a day after losing a shootout to the U.S.

After Varlamov stopped both Slovak attempts in the shootout, Kovalchuk beat Jan Laco to seal the Russians' second win in the preliminary-round.

A day after U.S. forward T.J. Oshie scored four shootout goals to beat Russia, the hosts were pushed to another shootout by Laco, who made 36 saves.

Laco was a surprise starter in place of his winless team's two NHL goalies, and the Kontinental Hockey League backup nearly stole a win over the powerful Russian offense.

Russia will find out whether it must play a qualifying game after Canada's late game against Finland.

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