Sochi 2014: Russia beat Norway to reach ice hockey quarters

Russia will play Finland in the men's ice hockey quarter-finals at Sochi 2014 after winning a testing play-off 4-0 against a weaker Norwegian team.

Norway held Russia in a goalless first period but went behind to an Alexander Radulov strike through Lars Haugen's legs and an Ilya Kovalchuk rebound.

A late empty-net goal by Radulov as Norway chased the game, then an Alexei Tereshchenko strike, flattered Russia.

The United States and Canada are already through to the quarter-finals.

Their opponents will be confirmed following the remaining play-offs later on Tuesday.

Tournament minnows Slovenia earlier put four unanswered goals past Austria to set up a quarter-final against medal prospects Sweden.

Russia's superstar forward Alex Ovechkin - the reigning NHL MVP with the Washington Capitals - is staying positive ahead of Wednesday's quarter-final showdown with Finland, despite having scored just once in four matches in Sochi.

"Everybody knows we have such a good, talented team on offence," said Ovechkin.

"We just try to keep our energy, and keep our emotions [in check]. Tomorrow we're going to need emotions and strength for the quarter-finals against Finland."

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