LIGHTNING EARLY GOALS HAND CANADA A WIN OVER CZECH
Both countries had already clinched the playoff berth, but I was sad that Canada and Czech Republic stood like this at the ice rink of Palasport on the final day of the preliminaries of the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006. Both teams had 2 wins each but surprising losses by Finland and Switzerland.
Ice Hockey gave me more surprises. Canada, who had been shut out last 2 games, took double in the 1st, thanks to Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, who both were former Stanley Cup Winner Lightning players of NHL. And Chris Pronger extended the lead for Canada at ending when I was being disappointed by the way that the game went to.
The Czech team had gone for a good way with Pavel Kubina's go-ahead goal under the power-play situation in the 2nd. When Petr Cajanek cut the deficit, 3-2, right after the 3rd started, I felt that this match progressed in the interesting direction. Canada's goaltender Martin Brodeur had saved during the rest of time since Alois Hadamczik's six men rushed for the net to equalize the game with goalie Milan Hnilicka out when Pat Quinn's men deserved a win over the East Europeans.
I wonder that both two teams will go up to the final for gold medals. I expect exciting games next tournament.
Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006
Ice Hockey -Men
Group A, Game 28 at Palasport (21 Feb)
Canada 3-2 Czech Rep.
*3rd Placed Canada has a tie with Russia in QF
*4th Placed Czech Rep. faces Slovakia in QF