Friday, April 20, 2018
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Olympic roundup: Switzerland, Slovenia, Sweden win

SOCHI, Russia — Although Switzerland has scored just two goals in three games at the Olympics, Jonas Hiller hasn't allowed any — not even to Jaromir Jagr on his 42nd birthday.

That's why the Swiss are heading into the elimination round with two victories and the confidence they can beat anybody.

The Ducks' Hiller made 26 saves in his second Olympic shutout and Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 1-0 Saturday in the teams' final preliminary-round game.

Hiller has stopped all 47 shots he has faced over two games. His brilliance and his teammates' defense allowed Switzerland to win two of its three games despite scoring just two goals. "Everybody is doing an unbelievable job in our own end," Hiller said. "Same time, I really hope at some point we find a way to score more than just one goal a game."

The Czechs finished the preliminary round 1-2. The Devils' Jagr couldn't beat Hiller after scoring in each of the Czechs' first two games.

Slovenia stuns Slovakia: The Kings' Anze Kopitar scored the third of three Slovenian goals in six minutes of the third period and Slovenia, in its first Olympics, got its first win, 3-1 over Slovakia. "I'm kind of speechless," said Kopitar, the only NHL player on Slovenia's roster. Slovakia, 0-2 heading into its final preliminary-round game today against Russia, has 12 NHL players, including Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa. "It's hard to lose a game like this," he said. Slovenia (1-1) ends its preliminary round today against the United States.

Swedes survive scare: Down 2-1 to Latvia, Sweden scored three straight power-play goals and ended with a 5-3 win to finish the preliminary round 3-0, win its group and get a bye into the quarterfinals Wednesday. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist had 20 saves. Kristers Gudlevskis, of Lightning AHL affiliate Syracuse, had 25 for Latvia, which has one current NHL player, Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons. It finished preliminary play 0-3.

Women's semis set: Sweden beat defending bronze medalist Finland 4-2 in the quarterfinals, a reversal of the result from the 2010 third-place game, and plays the United States in the semi­finals Monday. Switzerland beat Russia 2-0 and faces Canada.

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