The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation scored a 4-0 men's hockey victory over the United States on Saturday to win Group B at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Petr Koukal and Jan Kovar scored in the shootout to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win on Saturday and hand two-time defending gold medal victor Canada their first Olympic men's ice hockey loss since the Vancouver Games in 2010.
Make no mistake - the host team is being given virtually no chance of even keeping this one close. Bourque has scored three goals in the two parties since the beginning of the tournament. With the Canadians seeking a major bounceback from their disappointing loss, this one should be decided early.
Canada took the lead just 1:13 into the game, thanks to Mason Raymond's power play goal. The game ended when Maxim Noreau's shootout attempt slipped off the post behind Czech goalie Pavel Francouz allowing the Czechs to win 2-1 in the penalty shot portion of the program.
Both Czech goals came off some scrambly play in the Canadian zone.
The Czechs fought back again, levelling inside the first minute of the second period.
"It was tough, they played a really good game", Czech captain Martin Erat said of the Koreans.
The extension has fueled the show and the two nations have had some good opportunities to score, but no player has been able to resolve the impasse. "Like if you give everything you've got, then what happens happens and you move onto the next game and you look for some adjustments and you come back ready". He lost his footing, but the puck landed on the blade of the stick Noreau, who has made a shot from the point. Petr Koukal and Jan Kovar assured that it was all it took and granted their team a victory (3-2).
The game was physical and chippy throughout, and the Canadians had lots of trouble handling an aggressive Czech forecheck, particularly during the first period when the Europeans carried the play for extended stretches.
The Czech team next face Switzerland in the final game of the preliminary round on Sunday.
Canada reclaimed the lead at 13:30 in the first with another power play goal, this time by Rene Bourque. And they kept the pressure up, pulling even at 6:52 after Chris Lee failed to clear a bouncing puck. But another power-play goal settled the nerves. Rene Bourque, who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, tapped in a rebound on a shot from the point by Noreau with one second remaining on a holding penalty to Jakub Nakladal. Scrivens stopped a pair of shots from Roman Horak and Michal Birner, but couldn't contain the rebounds, and former Carolina Hurricane Michal Jordan snatched the loose puck and went top shelf.
"It was one of those bounces that didn't go our way tonight, and hopefully we can get those bounces later in the tournament".
The Canadians upped their physical game in the second period, flooring several Czechs.
Canada had won the last five meetings with the Czech Republic and eight of the last 10.