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Czech Republic wins gold

Team Canada was unable to win its third straight world hockey championships as the Czech Republic shut down the Canucks behind the superb goaltending of Tomas Vokun. Vaclav Prospal opened scoring in the first period and the two teams fought through a scoreless middle frame. Early in the third period, Jaromir Jagr spotted Martin Rucinsky streaking through the neutral zone and Rucinsky's slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle beat Canadian goalie Martin Brodeur low on the glove side. The Czechs added an empty net goal near the end of the final game, with forward Josef Vasicek scoring from his own end.

Vokoun was great in net for the Czechs and made 29 saves to secure the win. Brodeur made some good saves but was unable to steal this big game for the Canucks. The Canadian team made a decent showing in Austria but was far from its usual dominating self. The scoring was heavily skewed by the line of Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Simon Gagne who had combined for 41 points and they finished one-two-three in tournament scoring with 16, 15 and 10 points. But none of the Canadian players were able to solve Vokun in the gold medal game.

Earlier in the day Russia defeated Sweden 6-3 behind a two goal effort from Maxim Afinogenov and took home the bronze medal.
posted at 17:04:10 on 05/15/05 by HockeyCritic - Category: Hockey Talk


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