Canada secured the top seeding in the knockout round of the women's Olympic Ice Hockey tournament on Thursday, taking down the USA 2-1 and pushing the Americans into second place.
The Czech Petr Koukal and Jan Kouvar the other hand, have deceived the vigilance of Ben Scrivens in the shootout.
It was a more physical and intense game than Canada's opening 5-1 win over Switzerland with the Czechs' aggressive on the forecheck and skilful with the puck.
Lacking a generational talent with the National Hockey League passing on Pyeongchang, Desjardins led off with fourth-line winger Maxim Lapierre, followed with Wojtek Wolski, Derek Roy and Mason Raymond and closed with defenceman Maxim Noreau, who beat Pavel Francouz but not the post, ending a run of 11 straight Olympic wins for Canada.
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"It was tough, they played a really good game", Czech captain Martin Erat said of the Koreans.
Mason Raymond and Bourque scored first-period goals for Canada, which wraps up preliminary-round play Sunday against South Korea. "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".
The U.S. head into the second round with the highest number of shots in the tournament at 137, but are more than four full percentage points behind Canada in scoring efficiency. Dominik Kubalik tied things up for the Czechs at 6:52 in the same period. Roy made some nifty rushes but couldn't finish it off.
A win Friday night for the Canadians would go a long way towards clinching a spot in the quarterfinals ahead of their final preliminary round game against the Republic of Korea.
Canada reclaimed the lead at 13:30 in the first with another power play goal, this time by Rene Bourque. First goal scored in the Olympics.
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"We knew they were going to be shifty", said Robinson. But another power-play goal settled the nerves.
Russian Federation massively outplayed the opponent all through the period and managed to score a goal doubling their lead, 2-0 as Prokhorkin scored his second of the game.
The Czechs have once again created equal, in the beginning of the second twenty.
"They just kind of rode me in and the door opened and two guys kind of wedged me in there", said the 37-year-old Lee, who saw the chance to draw a penalty.
Forward Andrew Ebbett limped off midway through the third, favouring his leg after being sandwiched by a pair of Czechs near centre ice.
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Goaltender Justin Peters, defenceman Karl Stollery and forward Quinton Howden did not dress for Canada with defenceman Stefan Elliott and forward Brandon Kozun drawing in.