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Olympic Update: Czechs Move On, US Faces Switzerland…Again

The Czech Republic defeated Latvia, 3-2, and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Olympic Men’s Hockey tournament last night in Vancouver.

David Krejci (Boston Bruins) scored the overtime winner for the Czechs. Krejci received a pass from Tomas Fleichmann (Washington Capitals) and skated through the neutral zone. After gaining the zone, Krejci shot the puck from the left faceoff circle. The puck went through the legs of Latvian goalie Edgars Masalskis for the game-winning goal.

Tomas Rolinek scored at 5:52 of the first period to give the Czechs and early one-goal lead. Teammates Filip Kuba (Ottawa Senators) and Martin Havlat (Minnesota Wild) assisted on the powerplay goal.

Fleischmann scored at 11:06 to double the Czech lead, 2-0. Teammates Krejci and Roman Cervenka assisted on the goal.

Latvia wouldn’t go quietly, scoring two late third period goals to tie the game.

Martin Cipulis scored at 12:02 to bring Latvia within one. Aleksandrs Nizivijs passed the puck to the front of the net, where it went off a skate. With the puck loose in front, Cipulis put a shot on Tomas Vokoun (Florida Panthers). The puck went off the pads of Vokoun and into the net for the goal.

Mikelis Redlihs tied the game at 16:19 of the third period. Teammates Armands Berzins and Lauris Darzins assisted on the goal.

With the win, the Czechs move on and will play Finland tonight at 10 p.m.

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The Swiss also won yesterday, setting up a quarterfinals rematch with Team USA. The game will be at 3 p.m. today on NBC. While we won’t have a live blog here on the website, I’ll provide a recap for you after the game.

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