Hockey roundup: Czechs to face off vs. US

Krejci scores in 3-goal first to help KO Chara, Slovakia

David Krejci gave Tomas Plekanec a hand after his empty-netter for the Czechs.
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David Krejci gave Tomas Plekanec a hand after his empty-netter for the Czechs.

Roman Cervenka scored for a second time late in the second period to give the Czech Republic a four-goal lead, and it went on to beat Slovakia, 5-3, Tuesday to advance to an Olympic quarterfinal match against the United States.

‘‘We’re one game away to play for a medal and that’s pretty special,’’ said Bruins center David Krejci, who scored the third of the Czechs’ first-period goals.

The Slovaks pulled within a goal in the third, but their loss was sealed when Andrej Meszaros was called for slashing with 53 seconds left. They pulled their goaltender to create an even-strength situation and Tomas Plekanec scored an empty-net goal 14 seconds later for the Czechs.


‘‘We got the job done, that’s the most important thing,’’ said Krejci.

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The Czech Republic will play the Americans Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals. The game is at noon Eastern Time and will be televised live on USA Network.

‘‘It will be a tough game, but at this point in the tournament there’s no easy games,’’ said Ales Hemsky, who scored the Czechs’ first goal 6:53 after the puck dropped. ‘‘So anyone can win against anybody.’’

Czech goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 29 shots, didn’t give up a goal until Slovakia’s Marian Hossa scored with 1:03 left in the second period.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, one of many NHL standouts on the Slovak team, said he wished he knew why his team fared so poorly.


‘‘That’s the million-dollar question. It’s tough to say,’’ Chara said. ‘‘We had a rough game the first game against the US.

“That game kind of put us really down mentally, our confidence was not there. But we bounced back against Russia and played our strongest game of this tournament. We thought we would follow up on that game and obviously we didn’t.

‘‘It’s a big disappointment and we’ll have to look back and figure out what went wrong.’’

Russia 4, Norway 0 — Alexander Radulov scored two goals and Russia survived its first elimination game at its home Olympics.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.


Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexei Tereshenko also scored for Russia.

Slovenia 4, Austria 0 — Anze Kopitar scored 5:29 into the first period to help Slovenia advance to the quarterfinals.

The Olympic hockey rookies will face top-seeded and 2006 Olympic champion Sweden on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

Latvia 3, Switzerland 1 — Oskars Bartulis and Lauris Darzins scored in the first period as Latvia reached the quarterfinals for the first time.

Edgars Masalskis made 32 saves and Darzins added an empty-net goal in the surprising Latvians’ first Olympic victory since 2002, when they returned to the games after a 66-year absence.


Finland 4, Russia 0 — Noora Raty stopped 18 shots in her Olympic finale and Michelle Karvinen scored twice to lead Finland in the fifth-place game.

Germany 3, Japan 2 — Susann Gotz had a goal and an assist to lead Germany in the seventh-place game.