Olympics - Day 1
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Sweden leapt out to an early lead and despite some pressure late by the Czech Republic, the Swedes held on to win 4-2.
At 11:00 of the first, Michal Barinka took a penalty and Sweden would capitalize. Erik Karlsson scored on the power play, at 10:07 to give them the 1-0 lead. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Alexander Steen had the assists.
Patrik Berglund extended that lead to two with a slap shot from the face-off circle at 13:17 of the opening frame. He was assisted by Ekman-Larsson and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
The Swedes kept their momentum going in the second period as Henrik Zetterberg scored to make it 3-0 just 51 seconds into the middle frame. Jakub Kovar was replaced by Alexander Salak in net for the Czech Republic.
Karlsson scored his second of the game at 4:07 of the second period. He was assisted by Daniel Sedin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Marek Zidlicky gave the Czechs some hope at 8:12 of the second when he scored on Lundqvist to put his team on the board and push the score to 4-1. Patrik Elias and Zbynek Michalek recorded the helpers.
Jaromir Jagr walked in on Lundqvist from the wing and scored on a one-handed, back-hand shot at 10:01 of the middle frame to cut the Swedish lead in half. Zidlicky and Elias earned the assists as the Czech Republic turned the tables and gained the momentum.
That would be the last goal scored however as Sweden skated away with the victory.
Oilers winger Ales Hemsky skated just under seven minutes for the Czechs (6:58) and finished the game with two shots on goal. He played the bulk of his minutes in the third period (5:35).
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.com