Team Canada loses to Czechs in 3-2 shootout thriller

Team Canada loses to Czechs in 3-2 shootout thriller

The same surely extends to some of his teammates after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic at Gangneung Hockey Centre in a very physical and tremendously entertaining contest, a result that may cost the two-time defending Olympic champions a chance to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

Maxim Noreau of Canada, reacts after failing to score in the penalty shootout against the Czech Republic.

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Although Canada won the shots battle by a 33-21 margin, Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz made 31 saves and allowed just one goal in the shootout.

The Czech team next face Switzerland in the final game of the preliminary round on Sunday.

Canada coach Willie Desjardins had asked for more consistency from his non-NHL team and said he felt he got it.

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Wojtek Wolski scored for Canada but Koukal lifted a backhand shot over Scrivens to level after two rounds. "It was the game we expected", he said. "Like if you give everything you've got, then what happens happens and you move onto the next game and you look for some adjustments and you come back ready".

"Now we just move ahead". "Lots of parts of our game were good". Bourque now has three goals at the tournament.

It was the Czechs' first Olympic triumph over Canada since 1998 in Nagano - a 2-1 shootout win in the semifinal when coach Marc Crawford famously chose to leave Wayne Gretzky on the bench for the shootout. Defenseman Chris Lee fanned on a bouncing puck to the right of the Canadian net, and Kubalik grabbed it and squeezed it between Scrivens and the post, knotting the game at 1-1.

Both teams had opportunities in the overtime, but none more promising than when Mat Robinson came in on a breakaway but could not finish.

Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Preliminary Round Match - Canada v Czech Republic - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 17, 2018 - Rene Bourque of Canada in action during the first period. He went down but the puck went to Noreau at the point and his shot found its way to Bourque who, finding a seam between two defenders in front, put it away at 13:30.

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

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