Olympics: Czech Republic beat Canada 3-2 in men's hockey

Ice Hockey- Winter Olympics Day 6- Czech Republic v Republic Of Korea

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A win Friday night for the Canadians would go a long way towards clinching a spot in the quarterfinals ahead of their final preliminary round game against the Republic of Korea. But Jan Kovar and Michal Repik restored a sense of normalcy by scoring later in the period, and the Czechs dominated play from there to survive a serious scare. "I must have pushed it wide or there was snow, but don't have to dwell on that, we can move on to the next game now".

Canada retook the lead at 13:30 of the first when Bourque picked up the rebound of a Maxim Noreau point shot and swiped it past Francouz on the power play for his third at the Games.

On paper, this shouldn't have been as close as it turned out to be: a 2-1 win for the Czech Republic, who had to rally after giving up the first goal in the opening period. His linemates, Michael Swift and Brock Radunske, each got an assist, and they were the best line for South Korea in this one.

"I've done that before, I thought it was going in", Noreau said. Roy made some nifty rushes but couldn't finish it off, while Mat Robinson broke up a two-on-one before losing the puck on a breakaway.

"We knew the Czechs had skill".

The Czechs fought back again, levelling inside the first minute of the second period.

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Fitting, perhaps, that Saturday's misstep came 20 years after one of the most crushing losses in Canadian Olympic hockey history, the semi-final defeat to the Czechs that also came via the dreaded shootout. Canada now has four goals with the man advantage at the tournament.

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Preliminary Round Match - Canada v Czech Republic - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Rene Bourque of Canada in action during the first period.

"This is the result of all the hard work we've put in over the past four years", said captain Park Woo-sang.

Canada drew first blood on the powerplay early in the first period. Defenseman Chris Lee fanned on a bouncing puck to the right of the Canadian net, and Kubalik grabbed it and squeezed it between Scrivens and the post, knotting the game at 1-1.

The Canadians upped their physical game in the second period, flooring several Czechs.

The Czechs tied it up 35 seconds into the second period.

Forward Andrew Ebbett limped off midway through the third period, favouring his leg after being sandwiched by a pair of Czechs near centre ice. He had, however, won the last five duels and eight of the last 10.

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