The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics live online and television coverage has brought the excitement of men’s ice hockey to fans of the sport around the world. In particular, Team USA has generated plenty of buzz, after winning all three of their preliminary games as part of the event. After the team failed to win the Gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the nation is backing them as they look to gain gold at Sochi. Thanks to NBC, fans will be able to watch the live and online Olympics hockey coverage to see if the United States can make good on that goal.
As of Sunday, the matchups were released for the qualifying round of the Olympics hockey playoff tournament. Four teams are awaiting opponents, while four qualification games will take place on Tuesday, February 18th. The four games will determine quarterfinals opponents for the teams that have byes at Sochi. The qualification playoffs games are as follows, with times still to be announced. Update: Games will be played on Tuesday, with U.S. viewers able to watch live coverage of games at 7:30 A.M. EST and 12 p.m. EST.
Qualification Round of Olympics Hockey Playoffs:
8D Slovenia vs. 9D Austria (Tues 2/18) Result: SLO 4 AUT 0 Final
5D Russia vs. 12D Norway (Tues 2/18) Result: RUS 4 NOR 0 Final
6D Switzerland vs. 11D Latvia (Tues 2/18) Result: LAT 3 SUI 1 Final
7D Czech Republic vs. 10D Slovakia (Tues 2/18) Result: CZE 5 SLA 3 Final
The winners of the four games move on to play 1D Sweden, 4D Finland, 3D Canada and 2D United States in quarterfinals games on Wednesday, February 19th. Winners of those two games move on to the Semifinals round. Here’s a look at the potential matchups for the quarterfinals, with game times to be announced once opponents are decided. These games will take place during the 3 a.m., 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. EST time slots on Wednesday. As of our report, Team USA appears to be playing during the Noon EST slot on NBCSN, as is Team Canada on MSNBC.
Quarterfinals schedule (updated 2/19):
1D Sweden vs. 8D Slovenia (Wed 2/19 3AM EST on NBCSN) Result: SWE 5, SLO 0
4D Finland vs. 5D Russia (Wed 2/19 7:30 AM EST on NBCSN) Result: FIN 3, RUS 1
3D Canada vs. 11D Latvia (Wed 2/19 12PM EST on MSNBC) Result: CAN 2, LAT 1
2D United States vs. Czech Rep. (Wed 2/19 12PM EST on USA) Result: USA 5, CZE 2
The two losing teams in the semifinals will meet for the Bronze Medal Game on Saturday, February 22nd, while the two winning semifinals teams will meet in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday, February 23rd, making one of the last events for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Semifinals & Medal Games Schedule:
Men’s Ice Hockey Semifinals:
Finland vs. Sweden (FRI 2/21 at 7:30 AM EST, NBCSN) Result: SWE 2 FIN 1
United States vs. Canada (FRI 2/21 at 12 PM EST, NBCSN) Result: CAN 1 USA 0
Men’s Ice Hockey Bronze Medal Game: USA vs. Finland (Sat. 2/22) Result: FIN 5 USA 0
Men’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Sweden (Sun 2/23, 7 AM EST on NBC)
As of our report, times for these TV and online games are to be announced. NBC will continue their live TV coverage of games, which have mostly been shown live on NBCSN (NBC Sports Network). Live online coverage will continue at the NBC Olympics Live Extra website through the remainder of the events in Sochi. Keep in mind the NBC Olympics live online service is only available for cable and satellite customers at their official website.