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Olympic Hockey 2014: Scores and Latest Men's and Women's Standings After Day 6

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Ryan Callahan #24 of United States and Zdeno Chara #33 of Slovakia battle for the puck during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi have been a great showcase of the trials and tribulations of the human spirit, and no sport exemplifies that more than the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments.

With Team USA’s men’s team dominating in their debut and Team Russia showcasing its elite skill on the women’s side, the lack of NHL hockey has been more than made up for with Olympic battles.

Here are the latest group standings for both the men’s and women’s tournaments and the top scores from each event.

 

2014 Sochi Olympic Women's Hockey Standings
Group A
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Canada 39
2 United States 36
3 Finland 32
4 Switzerland 31
Group B
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Russia 39
2 Sweden36
3 Germany33
4 Japan 30
Source: NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com
2014 Sochi Olympic Men's Hockey Standings
Group A
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Russia1 3
2 United States1 3
3 Slovakia1 0
4 Slovenia1 0
Group B
Pos. Team Games Points
1 Finland1 3
2 Canada1 3
3 Austria1 0
4 Norway1 0
Group C
Pos. TeamGames Points
1 Sweden1 3
2 Switzerland1 3
3 Latvia1 0
4 Czech Republic1 0
Source: NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com

 

Team USA’s Men Shine

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Phil Kessel #81 of United States (R) celebrates with team-mates after scoring a goal against Jaroslav Halak #41 of Slovakia in the second period during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Soc
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Final Score: United States 7, Slovakia 1 (Box Score via NBC Olympics)

There is immense pressure on Team USA’s men’s hockey team to perform well and contend for a gold medal, but there are plenty of doubters from around the world that question the depth and talent of the team.

After beating Slovakia by six goals on Thursday, it is clear that the Americans were the big winners of the day.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Jonathan Quick #32 of United States saves a goal against Slovakia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Forward Paul Stastny led the scoring with two goals, but Ryan Kesler, James van Riemsdyk, Kevin Shattenkirk, Dustin Brown, John Carlson, David Backes, Max Pacioretty, T.J. Oshie, Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane all continued offensively.

Stastny spoke to the Associated Press via Boston.com, saying, "For the first time on the big ice for most of us, I thought we did pretty well. Our strengths are our puck possession and our speed, and we were" really able to use both of them.

That should answer the doubts about depth and offensive prowess for Team USA.

Add in the fact that goaltender Jonathan Quick looked strong in his first start by stopping 22 of 23 shots, and there is no question that the Americans are going to be a force in the men’s tournament and a legitimate threat to win the gold medal.

 

Russia’s Women’s Team is Looking for Gold

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Jenni Asserholt #4 of Sweden handles the puck against Svetlana Tkachyova #34 of Russia in the third period during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Are
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Final Score: Russia 3, Sweden 1 (Box Score via NBC Olympics)

While many eyes were focused on how the Russian men’s team would play in their first day of action, the women’s team was in a must-win matchup and performed well enough to earn the ideal semifinal matchup it needed.

Forwards Anna Shukina, Alyona Khomich and Yekaterina Smolentseva all scored goals for Team Russia, and proved that the roster has superior depth at the forward positions and could conceivably contend against powerhouses like Team USA and Team Canada.

Russian forward Yekaterina Pashkevich told the Associated Press via The Washington Post about playing any team from Group A, “Anybody in the other group is obviously a very strong opponent. That’s the reason they’re in that group.”

The only flaw on Thursday was Russia’s inability to score on the power play.

With over 13:23 of man advantage time without putting the puck in the net, Team Russia must figure out how to capitalize on the power play chances if the squad wants to beat the top contenders in the tournament.

 

Updated Medal Table

 

*All stats and information via NBCOlympics.com and Sochi2014.com.

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