OLYMPIC HOCKEY RECAP - DAY FIVE: LIGHTNING PLAYERS COMBINE FOR THREE OF FIVE GOALS IN CANADA, CZECH REPUBLIC THRILLER
Five Lightning players took to the ice Tuesday afternoon when Canada took on the Czech Republic as the teams battled for quarter-final positioning and they buried a combined three goals as Canada got back on track with a, 3-2, win.
The Canadians dominated the play in the first period, including goals from Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis, and took a, 3-0, lead into the second period. From there the Czechs took over, out shooting Canada, 26-8, in the final two periods but they could not get the tying goal past New Jersey's Martin Brodeur (31 saves). Pavel Kubina got the Czechs on the board on the power play with his first of the tournament. Vincent Lecavalier added an assist on the goal by St. Louis and Vaclav Prospal finished the game with three shots on goal.
In other action the United States started Philadelphia's Robert Esche in their final game of preliminary play against Russia. Esche could not change the result though as the USA fell to Russia, 5-4, in the final game of the first round.
Fredrik Modin was held pointless in Sweden's, 3-0, loss to Slovakia Tuesday.
The Quarter-Final Round begins tomorrow with Finland battling the United States, Slovakia playing the Czech Republic, Russia skating against Canada and Switzerland facing off against Sweden. Unlike the preliminary round, a loss means the end of the tournament for the remaining teams.