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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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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