While Tomas Vokoun didn’t get top billing for the results of the Czech-Republic win over Slovakia, you cannot discount the role that he played yesterday. Here in Florida we know how good he’s been lately, virtually single handedly keeping the Florida Panther’s in games that would most assuredly would be lost by larger scores. However, despite Florida’s recent losing streak, you be very hard pressed to blame any loss on Vokoun.
One thing that he received yesterday that he hasn’t been getting from his Florida teammates is offensive support. Winning 3-1 over Slovakia doesn’t sound like a big deal, but as I have read it was one of the most exciting games of the tournament so far. Vokoun was up to the challenge as he made 34 saves, and helped kill off several Slovak power plays in doing so. If he continues this play throughout the Olympics, it can only help his trade value for the Panthers. Unless of course they do the unthinkable and sign him to a contract extension. Hmmm, anyone think of that as a possibility? Just asking.
Scoring for the Czech’s came from ex-NHLer Jaromir Jagr who had a goal and an assist, along with New Jersey’s Patrick Elias and Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec. The Plekanec goal was on the power play beating his Montreal teammate Jaroslav Halak who was in net for Slovakia.
The lone goal for Slovakia came from Ranger forward Marian Gaborik who was questionnable for the game due to a severe cut on his leg last week, but managed to get himself ready for the contest. Another Marian, Hossa that is, from the Blackhawks threaded a perfect pass to Gaborik who put it past Vokoun.
Today the U.S. takes on Norway and Canada faces Switzerland.
Great hockey so far, creating a playoff type atmosphere. Perfect for the dedicated fan as we lead up to the NHL stretch drive in a couple weeks.
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