Flyers in Sochi: Streit, Swiss shut out Voracek, Czechs

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Flyers in Sochi: Streit, Swiss shut out Voracek, Czechs
February 15, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Mark Streit helped Switzerland earn a 1-0 victory over Jakub Voracek and the Czech Republic on Saturday. (USA Today Images)

Three Flyers -- Andrej Meszaros, Mark Streit and Jakub Voracek -- were in action Saturday in Sochi.

Meszaros played 20:17 for Slovakia in its 3-1 loss to Slovenia. Unfortunately, his penalty for cross checking led to Slovenia's first goal of the game on the ensuing power play.

Playing against each other later in the day, Mark Streit topped Jake Voracek as the Swiss blanked the Czech Republic, 1-0. Streit played over 22 minutes on defense, while Voracek recorded only one shot in 13 minutes of ice time.

Here's a recap of Saturday's games:

Switzerland 1, Czech Republic 0
Jonas Hiller made 26 saves in his second Olympic shutout, Simon Bodenmann scored in the first period, and Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 1-0 Saturday night in the teams' final preliminary-round game.

Hiller, the starting goalie for the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, still hasn't allowed a goal in Sochi, stopping 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 in the entire preliminary round.

The Swiss barely survived an inspired third period by the Czechs, who finished the preliminary round 1-2 on Jaromir Jagr's 42nd birthday. Jagr couldn't beat Hiller after scoring a goal in each of the Czechs' first two games of his fifth Olympics.

Next up: Switzerland and the Czech Republic are off on Sunday.

United States 3, Russia 2
T.J. Oshie scored four times in the shootout and got the winner in the eighth round, leading the United States past Russia 3-2 Saturday in the thrilling revival of an Olympic hockey rivalry.

Cam Fowler and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation for the Americans in the marquee game of the preliminary round. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves and stopped five attempts in the shootout.

International rules allow the same player to take multiple shots after the first three rounds of a shootout, and U.S. coach Dan Bylsma leaned on Oshie. The St. Louis forward went 4 for 6 against Sergei Bobrovsky.

Captain Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals in regulation and another in the shootout. The fast-paced game was played in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an energized crowd.

Next up: The United States play Slovenia on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern); Russia takes on Slovakia on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

Slovenia 3, Slovakia 1
Anze Kopitar scored the third of three goals in a six-minute stretch of the third period Saturday to give Slovenia a surprising 3-1 victory over the usually steady Slovaks in its first Olympic hockey tournament.

After two evenly played periods, the Slovenes were stronger and seemed more inspired in the third.

Rok Ticar broke a scoreless tie 3:23 into the final period. Tomaz Razingar scored midway through the third and Kopitar, the only NHL player on his team, scored 23 seconds later.

Robert Kristan stopped the first 27 shots he faced before Tomas Jurco scored with 17.8 seconds left in the game.

Slovakia and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves.

Next up: Slovenia plays the United States on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. (Eastern), while Slovakia has a matchup with Russia at 7:30 a.m.