Olympics men's hockey, Canada vs

Olympics men's hockey, Canada vs

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.

Canada started the game with a record of 13-13-1 against the Czech Republic at the olympic Games or the world Championship of hockey.

Maybe the Canadians will get some help from other teams, but if they don't advance straight to the quarter-finals after the preliminary round, they will have to play a qualification game to earn a spot in the quarters.

The game was more intense and physical than Canada's 5-1 opening win over Switzerland.

Canada coach Willie Desjardins was pleased with his team's performance despite the result.

For the second game in a row, Canada scored on its first shot.

The defeat also snapped an 11-game Olympic winning streak for Canada dating back to a 2010 defeat to the Vancouver. But Jan Kovar and Michal Repik restored a sense of normalcy by scoring later in the period, and the Czechs dominated play from there to survive a serious scare.

"It's a game of inches sometimes and we had some good looks on that 5-on-3", said Vey. "I must have pushed it wide or there was snow, but don't have to dwell on that, we can move on to the next game now".

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"Now we just move ahead".

"It was one of those bounces that didn't go our way tonight, and hopefully we can get those bounces later in the tournament".

Dominik Kubalik (2nd from L) of the Czech Republic celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Canada during the teams' Group A match in the men's hockey tournament at the 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 17, 2018.

Canada, recording the last six shots of the period, outshot the Czechs 12-6 in the first.

Mason Raymond and Bourque scored first-period goals for Canada, which wraps up preliminary-round play Sunday against South Korea.

Canada's Mat Robinson lost the puck on a breakaway to miss the best over-time chance either team enjoyed.

Though the game was entertaining throughout, it wasn't exactly a smoothly played game by either team with extended periods of puck possession at a minimum.

Two saves later, Noreau had to score to keep Canada alive. Scrivens, who had mishandled the puck seconds earlier, stopped a Michal Birner shot but Jordan banged in the rebound.