18 February 2010
Patrik Elias, the last Devil to make his debut in the Olympics, led the Czech Republic to victory of Slovakia, 3-1, last night in Vancouver.
Elias scored the first goal for the Czechs on a deflection off of his glove. The Czech captain finished with three shots on net. Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadians) tallied the other goals for the Czechs. Slovakia’s lone goal came from Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers).
Today’s Olympic Schedule:
USA vs. Norway – 3 p.m. (USA Network)
Zach Parise will once again play with Paul Statsny and Patrick Kane. They couldn’t find the net against Switzerland, but with practice this line line can become a force. Parise didn't score a goal, but he did record three shots on net. Jamie Langenbrunner only had about 14 minutes of ice time, recording one shot on net.
Switzerland vs. Canada – 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
Martin Brodeur will get the start in net tonight for the Canadians. Many of the questions Brodeur faced about the Olympics addressed the absence of the trapezoid and how he'll take that into his strategy. It'll be interesting to see Brodeur play without the restriction of the trapezoid.
Slovakia vs. Russia – Midnight (CNBC)
Ilya Kovalchuk tallied a goal and an assist in Russia’s dominant win over Latvia. The Russian team is pretty stacked, but it’ll be interesting to see if Kovalchuk will become a consistent producer for his national team.
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