The home country began their journey to the illustrious Gold medal Thursday night against a pesky Slovenian team who was making their Olympic Debut. Most people believed it was a for-sure win for Russia. Slovenia was making their Olympic hockey debut and going up against one of the best, if not the best, teams in the world.
Well the Olympics started exactly the way all Washington Capital, Russia, and Alexander Ovechkin fans wanted. It took 62 seconds for the poster boy to take his first shot on net. Alex unleashed his deadly wrist shot. Poor young Slovenia goaltender never even had a chance. Ovechkin sent the arena into a completely frenzy. Now it was Malkin’s turn, a good pass from Ovi sent Malkin on the break away. Malkin did was Malking does. A beautiful deke left the Russians with a 2-0 lead. The Russians continued to pour it out in the first period. Another familar name in Illya Kovalchuck would get on the board to give the Russians a 3-1 lead.
But this unknown team never quit. In the 2nd Slovenia forward Jeglic would wrist home a shot from the point past Varlamov to give Slovenia their first ever goal in the Olympics. But he wasn’t done, Jeglic would fire home another shot. Slovenia was starting to gain momentum down only 3-2. Russia played a hard defense. Defense led to offense and blue liner Anton Belov would seal the deal just 32 seconds into the third, Russian would add another goal to win 5-2.
The only NHL player for Slovenia Anze Kopitar said after the game “We played well, I think int he begging we were a little in awe of the Russians and then we settled down.
The Russians next game is Saturday 7:30 AM eastern time against USA. Here’s a picture preview of the game!