Olympic Tournament Moves into Knockout Mode

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 7:07 PM
Dan Rosen

NOTE: Coyotes players Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), Martin Hanzal (Czech Repbulic), Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republic), Lauri Korpikoski (Finland), and Mike Smith (Canada) are in Sochi competing for their countries at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

SOCHI -- The preliminary round is over and the field is set, meaning it's time for some knockout hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

If you were engrossed in the drama of the tournament during the past five days, just wait until the games resume Tuesday with the qualification round, because now it gets interesting and now it gets real.

Either you win or you go home.

"It doesn't matter how we win," Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist said. "It's whether we win."

Sweden, the United States, Canada and Finland won't be tested until Wednesday. Those four nations received automatic byes into the quarterfinals because of their success in the preliminary round.

The Swedes earned the No. 1 seed as the only team to win all three of its Group C games in regulation. The Americans got the No. 2 seed with eight points and a plus-11 goal-differential, two better than the third-place Canadians, who also had eight points. The Finns are fourth with seven points.

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