If the United States wants to get back to the Gold medal game, they’ll need to beat the Czech Republic first. The two teams are just a few hours away from clashing in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s hockey tournament, and the stage is set for what could be a special game.
Both teams have taken different routes to this contest. The United States hasn’t faced much adversity. Their second contest against Russia could easily be filed away as stressful, but they eventually won that game. Nothing to get over except the rush of downing the Russians in the skills competition.
That hasn’t been the case for the Czech Republic.
They’ve struggled to find an identity in these games, but have pushed through to this point in the tourney with some timely goaltending and a push from veterans like Jaromir Jagr. That said, they are the underdogs against an American team that has been trouncing teams since the first contest.
The Americans will have their work cut out for them if all of the Czech Republic’s forwards give 110% in all three zones, however. There are a handful of Czech forwards who have yet to play an outstanding game. If they rally for this contest, they could give the United States some trouble.
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Date: February 19
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. ET
Location: Sochi, Russia
TV Info: USA
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra