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The Canadian men's hockey team leads the Czech Republic 3-0 in the second period of Tuesday's final preliminary-round matchup at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.

Chris Pronger leads Team Canada with one goal and one assist.

Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis have the other goals.

Richards opened the scoring 7:37 into the contest, sweeping into the Czech zone and scoring his second goal of the tournament on a weak shot that fooled Tomas Vokoun between the pads.

More importantly, it ended Canada's goalless drought at 128 minutes, 11 seconds - more than two games.

Less than seven minutes later, Vincent Lecavalier cycled the puck down low to St. Louis, who banked it in off Vokoun's stick from an awkward angle to make it 2-0.

For St. Louis, it was his second goal and came with Frantisek Kaberle serving a hooking penalty.

Chris Pronger then stepped into a slap shot and blew it by Vokoun with 36 seconds left in the period.

Vokoun was lifted in favour of Milan Hnilicka following the first period, in which Canada outshot the Czechs 8-7.

Hnilicka was tested early in the second period, denying St. Louis on a breakaway and moments later with an extended pad save.

Whereas the Czech Republic (2-2-0) has been ravaged by injuries, Team Canada (2-2-0) has simply struggled to reach peak form.

Wayne Gretzky, executive director of Team Canada, criticized its lack of enthusiasm and urgency in consecutive shutout losses to Switzerland and Finland, calling for the younger players to better support core veterans like captain Joe Sakic.

Head coach Pat Quinn went so far as call Canada's performance against the Finns "kind of dopey," but, if the first period was any indication, the youngsters responded by raising their level of plays against the Czechs.

With the medal round looming, Canada has little time to turn things around if it hopes to retain the gold medal it won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
 

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The Canadian men's hockey team leads the Czech Republic 3-0 in the second period of Tuesday's final preliminary-round matchup at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.

Chris Pronger leads Team Canada with one goal and one assist.

Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis have the other goals.

Richards opened the scoring 7:37 into the contest, sweeping into the Czech zone and scoring his second goal of the tournament on a weak shot that fooled Tomas Vokoun between the pads.

More importantly, it ended Canada's goalless drought at 128 minutes, 11 seconds - more than two games.

Less than seven minutes later, Vincent Lecavalier cycled the puck down low to St. Louis, who banked it in off Vokoun's stick from an awkward angle to make it 2-0.

For St. Louis, it was his second goal and came with Frantisek Kaberle serving a hooking penalty.

Chris Pronger then stepped into a slap shot and blew it by Vokoun with 36 seconds left in the period.

Vokoun was lifted in favour of Milan Hnilicka following the first period, in which Canada outshot the Czechs 8-7.

Hnilicka was tested early in the second period, denying St. Louis on a breakaway and moments later with an extended pad save.

Whereas the Czech Republic (2-2-0) has been ravaged by injuries, Team Canada (2-2-0) has simply struggled to reach peak form.

Wayne Gretzky, executive director of Team Canada, criticized its lack of enthusiasm and urgency in consecutive shutout losses to Switzerland and Finland, calling for the younger players to better support core veterans like captain Joe Sakic.

Head coach Pat Quinn went so far as call Canada's performance against the Finns "kind of dopey," but, if the first period was any indication, the youngsters responded by raising their level of plays against the Czechs.

With the medal round looming, Canada has little time to turn things around if it hopes to retain the gold medal it won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.



Well the boys won 3-2 and survived a late surge from Jagr and co. Lets hope this is a sign of things to ocme and we get rolling. Realistically anything less than GOLD in this country is deemed failure!
 
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