Roundup of how the four Sharks players at the Olympics performed in Sochi 2014.

ANTTI NIEMI: Against Canada at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Finland coach Erkka Westerlund had Niemi in uniform for the second straight game -- but only as a backup to starter Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) in a 2-1 overtime loss to Canada. Niemi wore a baseball cap, stood at the end of the bench and manned the door off the ice, opening and shutting it for teammates. It very much appears as if Niemi will see no game action here. Next: Finland plays a quarterfinal game against Russia or Norway either Tuesday at midnight Pacific time, or Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Pacific time. Exact opponent to be determined after Tuesday's qualification games.

JOE PAVELSKI: Once again, he was a key element of the USA attack in the 5-1 victory over Slovenia that clinched a bye into the quarterfinals for the Americans. Pavelski assisted on the first three USA goals, all scored by Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs) for a natural hat trick -- even though just one lonely ski cap hit the ice at Shayba Arena. Pavelski's ice time was down from the first two USA games only because there were fewer power plays and penalty kills. He won four of 10 faceoffs. Next: USA plays a quarterfinal game against Czech Republic or Slovakia, either Tuesday at midnight Pacific time, or Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Pacific time. Exact opponent to be determined after Tuesday's qualification games.


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PATRICK MARLEAU: Team Canada coach Mike Babcock shuffled his forward lines and placed Marleau alongside Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) and Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings). The line produced some chances but no goals. Marleau often seemed to be battling in front of the crease and serving as a potential shot-screener, an unusual role for him. Marleau was also on the ice for Finland's goal that tied the game at 1-1 in the second period and almost got his stick on the puck just before Tuomo Ruutu (Caroline Hurricanes) scored. But all's well that ends well. Next: Canada plays a quarterfinal game against Switzerland or Latvia, either Tuesday at midnight Pacific time, or Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Pacific time. Exact opponent to be determined after Tuesday's qualification games.

MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC: Babcock continued to pair Vlasic with Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), who scored both of Canada's goals Sunday. Like Marleau, Vlasic was also on the ice for Finland's tying goal in the second period, battling like crazy with Ruutu in front of the net as Ruutu deflected it in. On offense, Vlasic had a good look at the potential winning goal with 33 seconds left in the third period, but his shot deflected off Rask's glove and skipped over the net. Next: Canada plays a quarterfinal game against Switzerland or Latvia, either Tuesday at midnight Pacific time, or Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. Pacific time. Exact opponent to be determined after Tuesday's qualification games.

-- MARK PURDY