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The San Jose Sharks have four players at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. None played a major role on the boxscores of the first games for their three teams (Team Finland, Team USA and Team Canada in the order they were played), but all were part of victories Thursday, February 13.

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The pictured recaps include a breakdown of statistics from games that ended before 3:00 a.m., after 7:00 a.m. and before noon PDT Thursday. In the interest of full disclosure, the need to be timely prevented any of the games from being viewed in their entirety.

Antti Niemi did not play or even dress for Team Finland, but the good news for him and Thursday's dressed backup Kari Lehtonen is that starter Tuukka Rask was shaky in the beginning of the game and at no point dominant in an 8-4 win. That means either or even both could get a shot in net in the next two games.

Joe Pavelski did not look good statistically with no points for Team USA, though he had four shots. He was also on the ice for only one goal—the one his line surrendered and the only one Slovakia scored.

However, announcer Doc Emrick pointed out the play should have been whistled offside before the score. Pavelski also contributed to the first score by getting to the loose puck in the neutral zone before getting off the ice.

Both Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were also in the lineup for Team Canada Thursday in an unimpressive 3-1 win over Team Norway. Both were solid but not among their team's stars.

Marleau had a secondary assist on the last score and five shots on goal in 15:50 on the ice, and Vlasic had no points or shots in 12:59; both finished plus-1. Norway's only goal came on an early third-period power play to make it close, but was answered by Drew Doughty just over a minute later to net the final result.

The next game in the Sochi Olympics involving any Sharks is just 24 hours after the Canadians started their first game. They take on the Austrians while the Finns will play their Norwegian neighbors, both at 9:00 a.m. PST.


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