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Olympic Three Stars: Radulov rebounds for Russia; Latvia upsets Switzerland

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No. 1 Star: Alex Radulov, Russia

Russia advanced to the quarterfinals and will meet Finland after shutting out Norway 4-0. After a game to forget against the U.S. on Saturday, Radulov rebounded with two goals and an assist. Guess there won't be any question about whether or not he will be scratched going forward.

No. 2 Star: Robert Kristan, Slovenia

The Slovenes continued their remarkable run with a 4-0 shutout of Austria. They will now face Sweden in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Jan Mursak and Sabahudin Kovacevic each recorded a goal and an assist, while Kristan stopped all 30 shots he faced. Kristan has allowed only six goals on 93 shots faced through four games.

No. 3 Star: Edgars Masalskis, Latvia

Two goals in the opening 11 minutes and 32 saves from Masalskis helped lead the Latvians to a 3-1 upset of Switzerland. Lauris Darzins scored twice, including the empty-netter that sealed things. The win was the first in the tournament for Latvia, setting up a quarterfinal match-up with Canada on Wednesday.

Honorable mention: Pavel Datsyuk remained awesome and assisted on three of Russia's four goals. He was also 15-for-19 on face-offs ... Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 22 shots to record the shutout ... David Rodman added two assists in Slovenia's win ... Anze Kopitar scored his second goal of the tournament ... A pair of goals from Roman Cervenka and 29 saves from Ondrej Pavelec helped the Czech Republic hang on for a 5-3 victory over Slovakia. They will meet the U.S. on Wednesday.

Did you know? Russia has not allowed a goal in 140 minutes and 11 seconds. (IIHF)

Dishonorable mention: Austria has never medaled at the Olympics and their last IIIHF competition medal came at the 1947 World Championships in Czechoslovakia.

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