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Switzerland’s Nino Niederreiter (L) and Martin Pluss trip up Latvia’s Zemgus Girgensons during the third period of their men’s qualification round ice hockey game at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games on Tuesday. (REUTERS: Mark Blinch)

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Russia advance, Slovenia surprise on ice

Latvia earn first win at an Olympics since 2002

Russia marched into the quarter-finals of the men’s ice hockey competition at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Tuesday, joining a feel-good Slovenian team, the Czech Republic and a surprising Latvia in the last eight along with the four automatic qualifiers.

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