2010 Vancouver Olympics: Latvia Gives Czech Republic a Run for Their Money

February 19th, 2010 by Rangers Tribune Leave a reply »
Team Czech Republic gained their second consecutive win in the tournament tonight, but it did not come easily, with the Latvians giving them a run for their money.

Early on, it seemed as if the Czechs were going to run away with the game in the first period, but the goals slowed down for them and Latvia almost inched their way back.

They may have lost, but the fans there were fantastic and had the times of their lives.

Boston Bruins forward David Krejci got things started with a smooth move to the net and a goal through the five hole of Latvia goaltender Ervins Mustokovs. Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens then deflected one home to give the Czechs a 2-0 lead.

It was then the Great Sixty-Eight, Jaromir Jagr, snapped a wristshot into the net to cap the period off with the score being 3-0. Shots in that period were 16-4 in favor of the Czech Republic.

On the power play early in the second, Patrick Elias of the Devils sneaked a pass to a wide-open Tomas Kaberle, who one-timed the feed into the back of the net, making it 4-0.

The Latvians fought back, however, as they would first score on the breakaway, and then la ...

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