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Halak takes blame for Slovakia’s 3-1 loss to Slovenia

Feb 15, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

Jaroslav Halak AP

It hasn’t been a great Olympics for Slovakia’s Jaroslav Halak. After getting blown out by the United States, Slovakia took it on the chin losing 3-1 to Slovenia.

The Slovaks came into the Olympics with high hopes of earning a medal, but as Shawn Roarke of NHL.com shares, he took the heat for today’s loss.

“I think the first goal, that was a really weak goal for me,” said Halak, who was pulled in the game against the Americans. “I think that kind of set the tone for the rest of the period for us. If we’re going to blame somebody, I’ll take the full blame for this loss.”

Slovakia wraps up round-robin play on Sunday against Russia. After Russia’s shootout loss to the United States, that’s not looking like an appealing match-up for a team that’s looked off-kilter in their first two games.

  1. cybernetikghost - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    He should teach that to Russia’s team- accountability….

  2. jhaegs - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Slovakia’s defense is TERRIBLE. Halak isn’t scared to take the blame for a loss (he does it for the Blues too), but that defense is hanging him out to dry.

    • sixchr - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      It speaks volume when you get waxed 7-1 by the US and Chara was even for the game. One guy on defense isn’t gonna cut it.

    • barkar942 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Their defense has been poor, but let’s not even talk about their offense- or lack thereof.

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