- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Women’s hockey in the Winter Olympics is largely considered a two-country race between Canada and the United States. But that doesn’t mean they’re taking it easy on the other countries.

AP photographer Matt Slocum shows one tiny battle in the wider journey toward a Sochi Games medal: Nina Tikkinen of Finland and American Anne Schleper of St. Cloud, Minn., battling for control of the puck against the glass in their Saturday opener.

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Associated Press reporters will be filing dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi during the 2014 Winter Games. Follow AP journalists covering the Olympics on Twitter: https://apne.ws/1c3WMiu

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