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Sutter needs to be indirectly praised for Slovenian hockey success

Darryl Sutter
Darryl Sutter
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Slovenia advanced to the quarterfinals on Tuesday in the men's Olympic hockey tournament.

Slovenia defeated Austria 4-0 on a 30 save shutout from Robert Kristan and will next play Sweden.

Slovenia's top player in the Olympic hockey tournament so far has been Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings. Kopitar scored the game winning goal for Slovenia on Tuesday, and has two goals and one assist in four games. Kopitar also had an outstanding game in Slovenia's shocking 3-1 round robin win over Slovakia. After Slovenia's round robin win over Slovakia, Kopitar was quoted as saying hopefully everyone will no longer get Slovenia confused with Slovakia.

A person that should be credited for Kopitar's success at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi is Kopitar's coach in Los Angeles, Darryl Sutter.

Sutter, who coached the Calgary Flames from 2002-2006, should be praised for providing a winning atmosphere for Kopitar in Los Angeles. The winning culture Kopitar has been a part of in southern California he has brought to Slovenia, who has surprised the hockey world with two victories in Sochi.

Austrian superstars Tomas Vanek and Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders have not been part of a winning culture this season, and both did not play well in Austria's loss on Tuesday.

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