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CBJ Olympic Roundup 2/18

Fredrik Modin and Sammy Pahlsson (Sweden): The Swedes opened up with a relatively quiet 2-0 victory over Germany. Modin and Pahlsson were paired on the Swedish “energy line” along with Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings. Modin and Pahlsson were paired up on the penalty kill that limited scoring chances all night from a surprisingly competitive German team. Both players could use a solid Olympic performance to carry over into the final stretch of the regular season.

Milan Jurcina (Slovakia): Slovakia fell to rival Czech Republic in the late game (12AM start time) last night. Jurcina, wearing number 68, lost a battle with Jaromir Jagr in the closing seconds of the second period that led to Czech third goal. The Czech Republic beat Slovakia 3-1 despite being outshot 35-24 including 13-2 in the third period. Tomas Vokoun was spectacular in net for the Czechs. There’s little recovery time for Jurcina and the Slovaks as they take on Fedor Tyutin and team Russia tonight.

Slovakia vs Russia 12AM EST.

Jan Hedjda (Czech Republic): Hejda played solid on a fairly deep Czech blue line. The Czechs played bend but don’t break defense late in the game but Vokoun was able to bail them out during exciting third period. Hejda didn’t contribute anything on the score sheet (big surprise) and was penalized for holding in the third but was on the ice in the final minutes for the Czechs.

Rick Nash (Canada): The Canadians take on the Swiss this evening. Although the Swiss are a tougher opponent than Norway, especially with Jonas Hiller in net, it’s hard to imagine Canada not coasting to another definitive victory. The Nash-Crosby-Iginla line will likely be reunited and look to build off a collective eight point effort against the Norwegains.

Canada vs Switzerland 7:30PM EST

Fedor Tyutin (Russia): Tyutin and the high-powered Russian offense take on a Slovakia team playing on back-to-back days. The rest may be an issue for the Slovaks, especially with Marian Gaborik still ailing. It should be a good game, but the Russians may be too much for the Slovaks to handle tonight.

Slovakia vs Russia 12AM EST

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