An exciting day of hockey with six games on the schedule. USA, Canada, Russia and Finland earned its first wins in the Men's tournament, while Russia won group B in the women's tournament with a win over Sweden.
Lots of hockey to get to, so let's jump right in.
Slovakia vs. United States
SVK: T. Tatar (1)
USA: J. Carlson (1), R. Kesler (1), D. Brown (1), P. Stastny (1, 2), D. Backes (1), P. Kessel (1)
The Americans overcame a somewhat slow start to blow out Slovakia in their first game of the Olympics. Twenty-four seconds into the middle frame, the Americans found themselves surprisingly tied. The United States scored a pair of goals in the two minutes following the only goal they allowed, and tacked on three more before the period was over to take a 7-1 lead. Both teams coasted in the third and Jonathan Quick stopped 22-of-23 shots for his first Olympic victory.
Canada vs. Norway
CAN: S. Weber (1), D. Doughty (1), J. Benn (1)
NOR: P. Thoresen (1)
Like the USA, Canada had to overcome a slow(ish) start of its own. It took more than 26 minutes to find the game's first goal, but Canada took the lead on a Shea Weber bomb from the point. Canada found itself in a little adversity in the third period when Norway pulled within one 22 seconds in, but Canada quickly answered with a Drew Doughty goal 1:25 later. Carey Price kept the Canadians in the game with a strong first period and made 19 saves overall.
Russia vs. Slovenia
RUS: A. Ovechkin (1), E. Malkin (1), V. Nichushkin (1), I. Kovalchuk (1), A. Belov (1)
SLO: Z. Jeglic (1, 2)
The host country started strong and finished strong to earn their first victory of the tournament in front of their home crowd. Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin opened the scoring with a goal each in the first, while Ilya Kovalchuk (remember him?) scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second. Slovenia's Ziga Jeglic cut Russia's lead to one twice in the second period, but two Russian goals in the final frame sealed the deal. Semyon Varlamov didn't see a ton of rubber and stopped just 12-of-14 shots.
Finland vs. Austria
FIN: O. Maatta (1), S. Lepisto (1), J. Immonen (1, 2), P. Kontiola (1), J. Jokinen (1), M. Granlund (1, 2)
AUT: M. Grabner (1, 2, 3), T. Hundertpfund (1)
Offense, offense, offense. The highest scoring game of the tournament began with the second highest scoring period of the tournament. Finland scored 36 seconds into the game en route to a combined six-goal first period, one of those goals coming from former Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Sami Lepisto. Michael Grabner scored the first hat trick of the tournament in a losing effort. Austria's Bernard Starkbaum allowed all eight goals but stopped a whopping 44 shots and had a higher save percentage than Finland's Tuukka Rask who stopped only 16-of-20 shots.
Sweden vs. Russia
SWE: P. Winberg (2)
RUS: A. Khomich (1), A. Shukina (1), Y. Smolentseva (2)
The battle for Group B supremacy and the right to face winless Switzerland in the quarterfinals went the host country's way. Russia scored in every period and got solid goaltending from Anna Prugova (stopped 15-of-16 shots) to win Group B. Russia will meet Switzerland and Sweden will face Finland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Canadians and Americans will be waiting for the winners of those games.
Japan vs. Germany
GER: M. Anwander (1), K. Speilberger (1), F. Busch (2, 3)
Two winless teams met for pride and pride alone. Neither could qualify for the quarterfinals, but each wanted to end their Olympic journey on a high note. Japan could not find a way to get on the board despite putting 30 shots on net. Viona Harrer shutout Japan for Germany's only win of the tournament. Japan and Switzerland remain the only winless teams, but Japan is the only team without a point.