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Flyers in Sochi: 3 players headed back to Philly

Mark Streit, Michael Raffl and Andrej Meszaros are headed back to Philadelphia after their teams were eliminated from contention on Tuesday.

Streit's Team Switzerland was knocked off by underdog Latvia, 3-1, while Meszaros and Slovakia fell just short to the Czech Republic, 5-3. Raffl and Austria were shut out by Slovenia, 4-0.

Jakub Voracek registered an assist in the Czech Republic's victory. He and Kimmo Timonen (Finland did not play Tuesday) are the only Flyers to remain in Sochi. Both will be in action Wednesday, when Finland faces Russia and the Czech Republic takes on the U.S.

Here's a recap of Tuesday's action:

Slovenia 4, Austria 0
Anze Kopitar gets to keep playing for his father in the Olympics for at least another game.

The Los Angeles Kings forward scored 5:29 into the first period Tuesday to help Slovenia beat Austria 4-0 in the qualification round of the Sochi Games, extending the experience of playing for his father, Matjaz, on the world's stage.

Slovenia, in the Olympic hockey for the first time and with only one NHL player, is among the final eight teams in the tournament. It will face top-seeded and 2006 gold-medal winning Sweden on Wednesday.

"Let's say it is a miracle because this is really amazing," goaltender Robert Kristan said after a 30-save shutout. "Small Slovenia, playing in the quarterfinal of the Olympic Games?"

And, the fact that a father is coaching his 26-year-old son just adds to the feel-good story.

Matjaz Kopitar, though, can't fully celebrate the family angle. His 21-year-old son, Gasper, who was a candidate to make the team, is nearly 7,000 miles away, playing for the Ontario (Calif.) Reign in the East Coast Hockey League.

"As a father, it's not easy for me because my other son is not here with us," Matjaz Kopitar said. "We're going to enjoy this moment. But hopefully, all three of us will be together for the next Olympics."

Slovenia earned a surprising spot in the Sochi Games by knocking off Belarus, Ukraine and Denmark in last year's qualification tournament. That alone was quite an accomplishment for the team ranked 17th in the world.

Russia 4, Norway 0
When Alexander Radulov pumped both fists and let loose a jubilant scream, an entire hockey nation also exhaled for a day.

Although the Russians are undeniably laboring through their home Olympics, a few timely goals and two brilliant goalies are keeping them alive in their hunt for gold.

Radulov had two goals and an assist, and Russia survived its first elimination game in Sochi with a 4-0 victory Tuesday over Norway in the qualification round.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

"It is do-or-die games right now," said Alex Ovechkin, who hasn't scored a goal in three games. "We don't have much time to prepare ... but I'm pretty sure everybody on Finland is going to be ready, and we're going to be ready as well."

Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexey Tereshenko also scored, but the Russians knew they barely survived another tense afternoon at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Russia was clinging to a 2-0 lead before doubling it in the final 1:07.

Russia must win four games in six days to claim its first hockey gold medals in 22 years after failing to earn a bye to the quarterfinals. The Russians were forced into two shootouts in the preliminary round, losing to T.J. Oshie and the U.S. before squeaking out a 1-0 win over Slovakia.

"I think at this stage, the most important thing is the win, whether it's 5-0 or 4-1 or 1-0," Bobrovsky said.

Czech Republic 5, Slovakia 3
Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to set up a four-goal lead and the Czech Republic went on to beat Slovakia 5-3 Tuesday, advancing to an Olympic quarterfinal match against the United States.

The Slovaks pulled within a goal in the third period, but their setback was sealed when Andrej Meszaros was called for slashing with 53 seconds left. They pulled their goaltender to create an even-strength situation and Tomas Plekanec scored an empty-net goal 14 seconds later for the Czechs.

That ensured the Czechs, who opened the Sochi Olympics tournament with 4-2 loss to Sweden, beat Latvia by the same score and lost 1-0 to Switzerland in the preliminary round, will take on the U.S. team on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals.

Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 29 shots, didn't give up a goal until Slovakia's Marian Hossa scored with 1:03 left in the second period.

Hossa scored again, off a rebound, midway through the final period. Tomas Surovy's slap shot made the final 11-plus minutes intense in the elimination game until their costly penalty

The rivals used to be a part one nation until 1993 when Czechoslovakia split into two countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Latvia 3, Switzerland 1
Oskars Bartulis and Lauris Darzins scored in the first period, and Latvia reached the Olympic men's hockey quarterfinals for the first time with a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday night.

Edgars Masalskis made 32 saves and Darzins added an empty-net goal in the surprising Latvians' first Olympic victory since 2002, when they returned to the games after a 66-year absence.

Latvia went winless in preliminary-round play in Sochi, losing 1-0 to the Swiss in its opener.

Latvia and its Canadian coach, Buffalo's Ted Nolan, advanced to face defending champion Canada in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Martin Pluss scored and Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots for the Swiss, who are out despite allowing just four goals in four games. Switzerland managed just three Olympic goals of its own.

Hiller hadn't allowed a goal in Sochi, posting two shutouts in the preliminary round, until Bartulis beat the Anaheim Ducks goalie through a screen 8:38 in.

Masalskis, the Latvians' four-time Olympian, was a 21-year-old backup goalie when Latvia got its previous Olympic victory over Austria in Salt Lake City. He was the difference against the Swiss, repeatedly shutting down their scoring chances in spectacular fashion.

Latvia has only one NHL player, Buffalo forward Zemgus Girgensons, along with 41-year-old defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh as its captain. But its team effort shut down a Swiss lineup with nine NHL players.