Canada Beats Czech Republic, Wins Men's Hockey Bronze At PyeongChang Olympics

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After Canada's last flurry was ended with the puck sent out of the offensive zone, the Germans hugged and huddled in celebration, with the Canadians simply standing around in disbelief.

The score did not change after a snoozing 2nd period meaning that the game would be decided in the 3rd period.

We are not saying it's impossible for Germany to win-that would be silly after what the team has done in the competition. Obviously 24 hours ago we were not standing here feeling that great about ourselves. "It wasn't the way we wanted it to end but I'm proud of what we've done".

Martin Fourcade fell short in his bid for his fourth Olympic gold medal in South Korea as France finished fifth in the men's 4×7.5-kilometer biathlon relay, won by Sweden. "I can't believe it". This is something you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Russian Federation didn't have to qualify for the Olympics but has 11 players back from the most recent worlds, where it captured bronze, and is drawing from not only the stardom of Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk but the KHL's elite teams in SKA and CSKA. "To have a bronze medal around my neck is pretty cool".

Many of these players never thought they'd get a shot at an Olympic medal.

The Canadians poured off the bench to gather in front of their goal for a fairly muted celebration while the disappointed Czechs left the ice before the medal ceremony. Players waved to those in the stands and also posed for a team picture. Roy needed a new jersey and some medical attention after taking a skate to the face but kept playing.

That gave Canada three goals on its first eight shots, a reversal from the semifinal loss when the Canadians gave up three goals on nine shots in the first period in losing to Germany 4-3. They will play either Canada or Germany on Saturday night.

The second period passed without a goal, but the red light has again been highly sought in the third commitment.

The Czechs outshot Canada 34-26. And in the near repeat of what had happened in the first, the two teams proceeded to trade goals in quick succession. Kovar scored from the slot off a pass from Roman Horak. There was no scoring in the middle frame, and Canada jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the third.

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But some anxious moments followed as the Czechs clawed back two goals with two minutes to go despite being a man down. After a hit goal post, Wolski put the puck past goalie Pavel Francouz for a 6-2 Canada lead with 4:37 left to go.

Despite the caution, German hockey fans and German NHL players took to twitter to celebrate the win and slightly rub it in the face of their Canadian counterparts. But inconsistency took its toll, especially against the Germans when Canada paid for a substandard first 40 minutes. Germany has only two bronze medals in hockey in its history - the last was in 1976.

Canada, the two-time defending men's champion, won three of the last four hockey golds. "It was a team that was built to represent our country the way it was represented".

Sixteen seconds after that, Canadian captain Chris Kelly redirected a shot from the blue line by Cody Goloubef. He made 28 saves and allowed just one goal in a 5-1 win over Switzerland Feb. 15.

Once again the Canadians, who have a combined 5,544 National Hockey League games under their belt, faced a team used to playing together. The Czech Republic stands in their way, and the Russians watched it beat the United States and the defensive-minded team has improved every game.

Canada answered with a Brule one-timer from the faceoff circle on the power play at 8:17, off a feed from Chris Lee. The Germans have 14 returnees. Brule was ejected later in the period for a check to the head and neck of Germany's David Wolf. Defenceman Stefan Elliott did not dress.

But bronze-medal games typically have less to do with skill level, and more to do with which team decides to show up for the game.

The Czechs missed out on a third podium finish in six Olympics after taking 2006 bronze at Turin and 1998 Nagano gold.

Once again there were empty seats at the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Centre.

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