Slovenia brushes aside Austria 4-0

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of their men's ice hockey playoffs vs. Austria at the...

Slovenia's players celebrate at the end of their men's ice hockey playoffs vs. Austria at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 18, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV)

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To you, it's just Tuesday.

But to the Slovenian Olympic hockey team, this is the greatest day in their nation's on-ice history.

The upstart Slovenians, who boast just one NHLer, defeated Austria 4-0 Tuesday to gain an unexpected berth in the Olympic quarterfinals later this week.

Anze Kopitar, the L.A. Kings player who is the country's only hockey star, scored again for the Slovenians as goalie Robert Kristan made 30 saves.

While not exactly a hockey power, Austria certainly has a stronger history and boasts NHL star Thomas Vanek.

He had four shots in the shutout loss Tuesday.

Earlier in the tournament, Slovenia upset Slovakia 3-1. They next play Wednesday, in a quarterfinal game with Sweden.


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