Olympics Preview – Saturday: Slovakia vs. Latvia

Slovakia has been outstanding throughout the Olympic tournament, with a close loss to the Czech Republic in their first game before upsetting the Russians on Thursday night. On Saturday, they’ll play winless Latvia with a chance to place second in the hardest group of the tournament.

Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa had his first goal of the tournament in the third period, tying the game, against Russia on Thursday. He had an assist against the Czechs. Interestingly, NHL.com is now saying that Hossa suffered a concussion after taking a hard hit from Colby Armstrong of the Atlanta Thrashers a week ago. Hossa did not return to that game and missed just one NHL game before beginning the Olympic tournament just four days later.

Hossa has not shown any signs of being hurt on the ice in the Olympic tournament.

The other Blackhawks player on the Slovak team, Tomas Kopecky, has done as much for his country as he has for the Blackhawks this season: almost nothing. He’s been called for a penalty in the tournament, but has not contributed a point yet.

Slovakia plays Latvia at 6:30 PM in Chicago, and the game is scheduled to air on MSNBC.

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