Russia to put goalie Semyon Varlamov back in net

The Associated PressFebruary 16, 2014
Russia to put goalie Semyon Varlamov back in net
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Russia goaltender Semyon Varlamov sprays water on his face during a training session at the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- 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.