The United States continues their trek back to the Gold medal game, and the Czech Republic stands between them and the semifinal round. Both teams have taken vastly different roads to this contest, and it’s amazing to think how things can go so differently for two teams through only three or four games worth of hockey.
For the United States, the 2014 Winter Olympics have been all about triumph. They were outstanding through preliminary play, and managed to get through Russia in a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory that still has the host nation rattled. No one is scoring more often than the US, and they will continue to rely on the big-game experience of Jonathan Quick in goal.
The Czechs have struggled through various parts of this tournament. Despite a few setbacks during prelim play, they seem to be getting it together just in time to present a tough test for an American team that is firing on all cylinders right now.
While some contests won’t feature much NHL star power, there’s no lack of that between the United States and the Czech Republic. How will that familiarity play into things as both teams try to scrape together another win to move on to the next round?
Tune in to find out. Here’s how.
Date: February 19
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: USA
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra