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ICE HOCKEY: Slovakia’s coach Hanlon says panic is unwarranted

Glen Hanlon, Slovakia's head coach, said on May 2 that he will not tinker with the national team’s line up ahead of the May 3 match against Russia, despite recording a 3-4 loss to Germany in the World Championship on May 1, the TASR newswire reported. "I'm relatively satisfied with the play of the attacking lines in the third period. In my opinion some players will profit from the fact that players from overseas have joined us. It was a one-goal defeat; we shouldn't fly into a panic. If we'd had no goal chances and, say, only 15 shots, then I'd have to look into it, but this wasn't the case," Hanlon said amidst speculation that significant changes would be made for Tuesday's game. The game against Germany showed that Ladislav Nagy and Štefan Ružička played very well and may be given more ice time in forthcoming matches. Slovakia's players admitted that there were large gaps in their defence against Germany, TASR wrote, with Hanlon adding that the team as well failed in both its games to take advantage of power plays even though in warm-ups before the tournament the team performed well in these situations.

Glen Hanlon, Slovakia's head coach, said on May 2 that he will not tinker with the national team’s line up ahead of the May 3 match against Russia, despite recording a 3-4 loss to Germany in the World Championship on May 1, the TASR newswire reported.

"I'm relatively satisfied with the play of the attacking lines in the third period. In my opinion some players will profit from the fact that players from overseas have joined us. It was a one-goal defeat; we shouldn't fly into a panic. If we'd had no goal chances and, say, only 15 shots, then I'd have to look into it, but this wasn't the case," Hanlon said amidst speculation that significant changes would be made for Tuesday's game. The game against Germany showed that Ladislav Nagy and Štefan Ružička played very well and may be given more ice time in forthcoming matches.

Slovakia's players admitted that there were large gaps in their defence against Germany, TASR wrote, with Hanlon adding that the team as well failed in both its games to take advantage of power plays even though in warm-ups before the tournament the team performed well in these situations.

"It still hasn't been how we'd like to see it. But we had chances. We passed the puck well. There were also chances but we didn't score. I insist that we had enough opportunities to win the match. There's no scope for changes in the training of power plays. All we need is to convert the chances," Hanlon stated to TASR.

Whether injured Slovak defenseman Ľubomír Višňovský joins the team against Russia will be clear on game day. Višňovský has an injured shoulder. Hanlon said he is considering using Višňovský on Tuesday but added he is leaving it up to the player to decide. If the defenseman cannot play, forward Martin Cibák will complete Slovakia's line-up sheet. Višňovský joined the team for Monday's training but his condition is still questionable, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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