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And in the nightcap ... Slovakia upsets Russia in a shootout

February 19, 2010 | 12:54 am

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A great game between Russia and Slovakia ended just past 11:30 p.m. Pacific time with Slovakia upsetting tournament favorite Russia, 2-1, in a seven-round shootout at Canada Hockey Place.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak of Slovakia, who plays for the Montreal Canadiens, had to face sniper Alexander Ovechkin THREE times in the shootout and stopped him twice. Halak also stopped Alexei Morozov, Pavel Datsyuk, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin.

Ilya Bryzgalov of Russia was no slouch either. He gave up a goal to former King Jozef Stumpel on the first shot and then stopped Demitra, Marian Hossa, Stumpel again, Kings center Michal Handzus and Marian Gaborik before Demitra -- who plays for the hometown Vancouver Canucks -- ended the spirited game.

-- Helene Elliott, reporting from Vancouver

Photo: Slovakia's Branko Radivojevic, left, Marcel Hossa, center, and Martin Strbak (77) rush to Pavol Demitra (38) after he scored the winning shootout goal against Russia on Thursday night. Credit: Matt Slocum / Associated Press

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