Roundup of how the four Sharks players at the Olympics performed in the first round-robin games at Sochi 2014.
ANTTI NIEMI: The goalie did not dress for Finland's wild 8-4 victory over Austria. Tuukka Rask of the Nashville Predators started. Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars was Rask's backup. It's unclear if Rask's somewhat shaky performance -- he gave up four goals on 20 shots -- might mean action for Lehtonen or Niemi later in the tournament. Next: Finland plays Norway at 9 a.m. PST Friday.
JOE PAVELSKI: As expected, he centered a line with Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk in the USA's 7-1 rout of Slovakia. Pavelski also played the point on the first power-play unit. With the Americans' offensive output, it's hard to believe Pavelski stayed off the score sheet, but he occasionally jumped off the ice on line changes sooner than his linemates and missed out on some points. Pavelski crushed it in the faceoff circle, winning 12 of 13. Next: USA plays Russia at 4:30 a.m. PST Saturday.
PATRICK MARLEAU: Played the second-most minutes of any Canada forward (behind Jonathan Toews) in a 3-1 victory over Norway. Coach Mike Babcock used Marleau in all sorts of situations and mostly played him on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, as planned. Marleau had an assist on Canada's last goal and also put more shots on net (five) than any other Canadian. One or two of those pucks seemed destined to go in, but goalie Lars Haugen was sharp. Next: Canada plays Austria at 9 a.m. PST Friday.
MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC: With Team Canada dressing seven defensemen, Vlasic received a fairly light workload with 12:59 of ice time. But he was trusted enough by Babcock to be used on the penalty kill unit during the last few minutes -- as was Marleau. Vlasic often was paired with Drew Doughty and was on the ice for Doughty's goal. That gave Vlasic a plus-one on the stats sheet.
-- MARK PURDY