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FINLAND BEATS CZECH TO KEEP UNBEATEN

ICE HOCKEY

Finally I've gotten a chance to witness NHL players on TV. Not in Canada or USA but in Turin's Olympic. Everyday, I've been reading the match reports on the webcite of NHL to remember the names of the superstars. It had rocked out the season last year, but my expectation to see them had been more spured this season. I watched the Czech's game with Finland, putting the roster lists on the table.

Before the game, I knew the Czech Republic team consisted of all NHL players except a goaltender, and goalie Tomas Vokoun of the Predators replaced injured Dominik Hasek to enter it. I expected the way that the Fins including Jere Lehtinen of the Stars fought against the number-one seeded team.

Defenceman Marek Zidlicky scored the opener but Czech's forwards were not given a scoring chance by the Suomi. Despite being turned around it and sidelined Jaromir Jagr, who didn't return the rest of game, Czech tied it at 2 by Zidlicky's 2nd goal. Finland worked to defend well, and at last Teemu Selanne's winning goal and Lehtinen's 2nd goal into the 3rd gave the former World Champion the 2nd loss in the group. Finland(3-0) had quarified the quarter-final spot and Czech(1-2) had noticed a difficult road to go through Italy and Canada they left.

Now I'm deep emotion to enjoy the moments surrounding the exciting plays of ice hockey for several days.

match result:

Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006
Ice Hockey -Men

Preliminary Round
Group A, Game 18 at Palasport (18 Feb)

Czech Rep. 2-4 Finland
(1-0)1P ZIDLICKY
(1-1)1P JOKINEN
(1-2)2P LEHTINEN
(2-2)2P ZIDLICKY
(2-3)3P SELANNE
(2-4)3P LEHTINEN
*Finland Clinched Playoff Berth

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