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No team that went unbeaten in group play has won an Olympic gold medal since the NHL joined the games in 1998. Every champion was forced to regroup after getting beaten early in the tournament, from the Czech Republic in 1998 to the host Canadians four years ago in Vancouver.
Capitals coach Adam Oates says he hopes his five Olympians return with some extra jump in their play.
Take this to the bank: The NHL needs the Olympics a lot more than the Olympics need the NHL. To deny its players the opportunity to play would be remarkably stupid and possibly damaging to the league.
Thanks to that memorable shootout loss to the U.S., Russia must win four games in six days to bring home its first Olympic men's hockey gold medals in 22 years.
Jonas Hiller has a prime spot to watch Switzerland's rise as a hockey power, and the goalie who hasn't allowed a goal at the Olympics is thrilled by what he sees.
The numbers are in for the thrilling USA-Russia men's hockey game, and they're huge.
Feb. 23 - Olympic men's hockey gold medal game: Sochi, Russia.
Ilya Kovalchuk was not on the ice for Russia's final practice before the qualification round, and his coach insisted the superstar forward is not injured.
Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in a shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, and Russia beat Slovakia 1-0.