Olympics: Canada beats Czech Republic for men's ice hockey bronze

Olympic Athletes from Russia advance to men's hockey final after beating Czech Republic 3-0

Russian Federation last reached the Olympic final in 1998 when it lost to the Czech Republic and hasn't won gold since 1992 when it played as the unified Community of Independent States team.

Roman Cervenka, with two goals, Martin Ruzicka and Jan Kovar scored for the Czech Republic, which was blanked 3-0 by the Russian entry in the other semifinal.

If anything, what should really bother these 22 players and three goalies is knowing that if they had played the same type of hard, edgy and opportunistic game in the semifinals versus Germany, they would have been playing for gold and not bronze.

Czech Republic captain Martin Erat has played in the Olympics when the National Hockey League sent it stars to the Winter Games, and he's here now without the NHL's best.

The score did not change after a snoozing 2nd period meaning that the game would be decided in the 3rd period.

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After having difficulties getting on the board against the Germans in the semifinal, Canada's attack came to life in the first frame of the bronze game, a rematch of a preliminary round meeting with the Czechs.

"I think Canada has the expectation that we will win in certain sports like curling and hockey the most recent ones where we struggled and I think a lot of that comes from what we value in our country", said Walinga.

Macek doesn't think playing in that tournament counts as Team Canada and has committed to playing for Germany moving forward. Bronze will be important, but the Czechs outshot the Russians 31-19 and went 0 for 4 on the power play. The women's hockey team lost their gold medal to the U.S. ending Canada's 16 year run as Olympic champions.

The Canadian men led 3-1 after 16 minutes despite not putting a shot on goal for the first seven minutes 21 seconds.

Chris Kelly and Andrew Ebbett each scored twice as the Canadians captured their first Olympic bronze medal in half a century.

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Germany's core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm.

The Czechs outshot Canada 34-26.

Ben Scrivens started the game for Canada, but gave way to Kevin Poulin at 4:17 of the second period after a crushing O'Dell check sent a Finnish player flying into the Canadian goaltender.

After Czech forward Martin Erat's point was rescinded due to goalie interference, Canada's Wojtek Wolski got another one past Francouz with less than five minutes to go for a 6-2 lead, but the Czechs persisted. That's exactly what they did to bring home a medal to North America.

And for the men losing to Germany took away their chance at gold.

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The final between the Germans and the olympic athletes of Russian Federation, on Sunday. Roman Cervenka scored to cut the lead to 6-3 and another on a late power play to reduce the deficit to two, but it wasn't almost enough as Canada held on to take bronze.

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