Semyon Varlamov in net Sunday

Updated: February 16, 2014, 4:44 AM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- Russia plans to give goaltender Semyon Varlamov another chance to play.

The team announced Varlamov will start Sunday against Slovakia, the final preliminary-round game for both teams.

Sergei Bobrovsky was in net for the Russians in a 3-2 shootout loss Saturday to the U.S.

Varlamov played in Russia's Sochi Games opener, a 5-2 victory over Slovenia. After that game, a reporter told Russian coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov it would be "a death sentence" to play Varlamov against the Americans.


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