By bouncing back after that opening-game loss, the Russian squad won Group B with a total of six points and earned an automatic bye into the quarterfinal round.
After taking a 1-0 lead at the end of the first 20 minutes, the Russian athletes put the game away with two goals in the second period. Also scored two goals (40th and 42nd minute) scored the team veteran Ilya Kovalchuk.
Anna Shokhina had two goals and two assists as the team of Olympic athletes from Russian Federation advanced to the women's hockey semifinals against defending gold medallist Canada with an upset 6-2 win over Switzerland.
Captain Jan Mursak scored the first goal for the Slovenians, who came from two goals down in the third period to beat the United States in overtime on Wednesday. Terry has already figured out how he can succeed at the Olympics - using his young legs to generate the speed that not a lot of older players possess - to gain an upper hand.
U.S. goalie Ryan Zapolski, who received a vote of confidence from Granato after the game - "He's our goalie", Granato said - thinks the Russians are strong, but not unbeatable.
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But in the meantime, it would be foolish to funnel much emotional energy into this team, as admirable and scrappy as it may be. It's really not that complicated. "I'm not too anxious about who scores the goals as long as we get the win", Donato said.
In the semi-final opponent team SAR team Canada will be the favourites in the Olympics, along with team USA.
The result means the U.S. drops into the single-elimination play-in round ahead of the quarterfinals. Alexander Barbanov had all the time in the world behind the net and dished the puck to KHL star Sergei Mozyakin, who found Prokhorkin free and clear in front for the deflection goal.
U.S. collegian Jordan Greenway and Russian forward Alexander Barabanov traded early shoves to set a physical tone.
"I don't see any reason why we're not in the gold medal game", he said. "He wanted to do a little dance".
The Russians seized a 2-0 lead on Prokhorkin's brace, but he was involved in a melee late in the second period.
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"There's things we've got to work on, mistakes we've got to learn from in this game".
Kovalchuk struck again 28 seconds into the third period, zipping a laser shot from the opposite circle for the final goal. "I think we're playing good hockey", forward Chris Bourque said.
"I still have some gas left in my tank, so I hope I score some more", he said.
The chippy game, which featured frequent in-your-face battles between the players, took place less than a day after the feds revealed the indictments of 13 Russians, including a close pal of Vladimir Putin, for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The joint team, made up of 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans, lost the first game 8-0.
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But as she went into one of the final gates, she went in too close and came out of the turn wide. "For sure, why not?!" she said. She holds the women's record for the most world cup wins and is five shy of tying Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark with 86.