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Czechs Bounce Back

Monday, 05.17.2010 / 5:40 PM ET / World Championship
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By Glenn Odebralski for floridapanthers.com

Looking for a much needed victory over Latvia after falling to Switzerland 3-2 on Saturday, the Czech Republic did just that shutting Latvia down for a 3-1 victory Monday in Mannheim in the only game with Panthers playing.

Tomas Vokoun, making his fourth start of the tournament, earned his third victory in stopping 25 of 26 Latvian shots.

The Czechs now need at least one more point (against Canada on Tuesday) in order to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals. Otherwise their tournament will be done.

"It was life and death tonight, and it will be again tomorrow," said Vokoun to iihf.com. "We’ve put ourselves in a bad position and now we win or go home."

The teams battled through a scoreless first period despite the Czechs throwing 16 shots on Edgars Masalskis as they outshot Latvia 16-2.

The Czechs finally found a way to beat Masalskis 2:21 into the second as captain Tomas Rolinek went in on an odd-man rush and beat the netminder  for the shorthanded goal.

Rolinek would stake the Czech Republic to a 2-0 lead with 2:09 left with his second short handed goal of the game. This time he rifled a shot over Masalskis' glove on another rush.

Latvia would draw blood with 7:55 left in the game and cut the lead to 2-1 as Sergejs Pecura beat Vokoun with a high wrist shot.

But the Czechs found an answer. Quickly in fact. Roman Cervenka regained the two goal lead just 46 seconds later to secure the 3-1 final.

Masalskis was strong in the defeat for the Latvians, stopping 29 shots with many of them being of high quality.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
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A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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