Carlson, Ovechkin play small roles in Olympic classic

Carlson, Ovechkin play small roles in Olympic classic
February 15, 2014, 11:15 am
Share This Post

65 minutes and an eight-round shootout is what it took to determine Saturday morning's game between the United States and Russia, an Olympic battle that will certainly go down as an instant classic. Sensational goaltending by Jonathan Quick and Sergei Bobrovsky, the beautiful stickwork of Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Kane, a shootout battle between T.J. Oshie and Ilya Kovalchuk: this game had it all.

In the end the Americans left with the win and an undefeated record in Group A play. Russia was handed their first loss, but is still alive. For winning in a shootout, the United States team receives two points in the preliminary round. Russia also gets one for losing in extra time.

The U.S. can now clinch a bye into the quarterfinals with a win over Slovenia tomorrow.

Highlights:

--Alex Ovechkin skated for 19:55 of ice time - 20 total shifts - and took seven shots on goal, but was not involved in any of Russia's scores. After notching two points in the team's opener on Thursday, he was held scoreless against U.S.A. Ovechkin was aggressive on his final shift in the third period and in overtime, firing several shots at Quick. None of them, however, were particularly good looks.

--John Carlson saw only 3:56 of total ice time, as coach Dan Bylsma made adjustments after the defenseman was beat on Russia's first goal of the game. Really though, it was just a spectacular pass by Andrei Markov to Datsyuk. With Datsyuk skating into the Americans' offensive zone, Markov zipped a pass up the center of the ice, sending the puck nearly halfway across the rink. Datsyuk corralled it and skated between three U.S. players to get in front of the net for a good look. He put it past Quick and gave Russia a 1-0 lead.

Stats:

Alex Ovechkin

Points - 0
Shots on goal - 7
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - 0
Ice time - 19;55
Shifts - 20
Average shift - 0:59

John Carlson

Points - 0
Shots on goal - 0
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - -1
Shifts - 9
Average shift - 26

Up next:

Sunday 2/16 - United States vs. Slovenia at 7:30 a.m.

Sunday 2/16 - Russia vs. Slovakia at 7:30 a.m.

[RELATED: Backstrom and Johansson bike to Olympic game (PHOTO)]