The Czech Republic had a tough first Olympic game against the favored Sweden hockey team on Wednesday afternoon. Sweden jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second period before two quick goals by the Czechs cut the lead to 4-2. Though they brought it within two scores, the game was otherwise dominated by Sweden.
Capitals wing Martin Erat had a rough afternoon with a delayed penalty call in the first that set up a goal, and took a big hit in the third period. He appeared on ice for just over 12 minutes spread across 17 shifts.
--Erat was whistled for tripping ten minutes into the first period, a delayed call that set up a man advantage for Sweden. Swapping Henrik Lundqvist for an extra attacker at even strength helped set up Sweden’s first goal of the afternoon. Erik Karlsson fired a slapshot past goalie Jakub Kovar and Daniel Alfredsson who was camped out in front of the net.
--Erat took a big hit from behind in the third period at the 6:28 mark that led to a penalty for Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Ekman-Larsson was battling Erat for a puck on the boards when he hit him high and from behind. Erat crashed to the ice and a fight nearly started in retaliation between the teams.
Points – 0
Shots on goal – 0
Plus/minus – 0
Ice time – 12:08
Shifts – 17
Average minutes per shift – 0:42
Friday 2/14 – Czech Republic vs. Latvia 3:00 a.m.