The American hockey team goes to the Olympic quarterfinal party Wednesday and probably has to feel somewhat fortunate to be one of the invitees.
The Americans (1-3-1) play Finland (5-0), a team that surprised everyone by winning Group A. That game is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.
The other quarterfinal matches are Slovakia vs. the Czech Republic, Switzerland vs. Sweden and Canada vs. Russia.
Montreal Canadiens winger Alexei Kovalev scored the game-winner at 11:52 of the third period on a 48-foot shot past U.S. goaltender Robert Esche, who was making his first start of the tournament to give New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro a chance to rest before the quarterfinals.
The Americans had tied the score 4-4 at 10:38 of the period when Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole scored on a wraparound past Russian League veteran Maxim Sokolov, who replaced San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokoy after one period.
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