USA Hockey beats Czech Republic 5-2 to make Final Four
Olympics, Winter

USA Hockey beats Czechs 5-2 to make Final Four, faces Canada Friday

2/19/14 in Olympics, Winter   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

Blog Photo - USA Hockey beats Czech Republic 5-2 to make Final Four,Terribly sorry to spoil this result for you guys, but this is big. Team USA has just beaten the Czech Republic in the Winter Olympics Men's Hockey quarterfinals, with a dominant 5-2 win in which they had the upper hand throughout. Earning a trip to the semi-finals on Friday morning, the boys of Team USA are now just one win away from a guaranteed medal.

But that "one win" will be a heck of a lot more difficult than it sounds. The Americans will have to beat Team Canada, who are the favorites to win the gold. This is a rematch of the 2010 gold medal hockey game thriller that Canada won 3-2 in overtime, a game that had the highest TV ratings for any hockey game since the "Miracle on Ice" USA-Russia match in 1980.

In Team USA's 5-2 win over the Czech Republic hockey team, it only took 1:39 of regulation play for the Americans to take a lead. The Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk drew first blood very early, but the Czechs' Ales Hemsky tied the game 1-1 just three minutes later.

Blog Photo - USA Hockey beats Czech Republic 5-2 to make Final Four,It was all Team USA from there. Dustin Brown of the LA Kings scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, then David Backes (St. Lois Blues) added another early in the period's closing seconds to make it 3-1. Phil Kessel and Zach Parise would also score goals, while Hemsky added another in garbage time for the Czechs.

Seems like I've committed a spoiler by sharing these results with you -- but I have not. This game will not be rebroadcast on NBC tonight. The only rebroadcast is on the NBC Sports Network, and it is taking place right now (5-7 p.m. ET). There are no additional rebroadcasts of this game. I cannot spoil that which you cannot watch.

The USA-Canada semi-final will be shown live Friday at 12 Noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific) on the NBC Sports Network, and rebroadcast on that network throughout the day on Friday.
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