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Olympic hockey tournament quarterfinals set

February 23, 2010 | 11:58 pm

Slovakian forward Miroslav Satan scored the go-ahead goal at 8:41 of the third period Tuesday and Slovakia held on for a 4-3 victory over Norway in a qualifying game at Canada Hockey Place.

Kings center Michal Handzus scored one of three power-play goals for Slovakia, which will face second-seeded and defending champion Sweden in a quarterfinal game today.

"Sometimes an ugly win is better than no win," Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa said. "We have to improve much better and come into the next round against the former champion. It's going to be much tougher and we have to improve much better than we did tonight."

Hossa said his whole team was appalled by the hit and head injury suffered by teammate Lubos Bartecko, who was struck by Norway's Ole Kristian Tollefsen.

"You hate to see elbows like that in the face. That one was one of the ugliest I've ever seen," Hossa said. "That guy should be suspended for a long time. It's kind of difficult when you see a teammate going down like that. We talked about 'Let's score a bunch of goals on that power play for him' and that's what we did. We won that game for Lubos."

The lineup for Wednesday's quarterfinals:

Noon: U.S. vs. Switzerland, Canada Hockey Place

4:30 p.m.: Russia vs. Canada, Canada Hockey Place

7 p.m.: Finland vs. Czech Republic, University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena

9 p.m.: Sweden vs. Slovakia, Canada Hockey Place


-- Helene Elliott and Chris Kuc from Vancouver

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