Day 1 of the Sochi Winter Olympics men’s ice hockey tournament began with Team Sweden defeating the Czech Republic, 4-2, behind Eric Karlsson’s two goals in the victory. Loui Eriksson (Sweden) and David Krejci (Czech Republic) of the Boston Bruins were largely a non-factor in the contest.
Sweden and Switzerland sit atop Group C with three points each. The Swiss team knocked off Latvia 1-0 on a final second goal on Wednesday as well.
Boston’s Zdeno Chara was in action on Thursday representing Team Slovakia. Chara’s country was anhilated by Team USA, 7-1. Six second period goals by the U.S. spelled defeat for Slovakia. Chara, who is considered to be one of the world’s top defenseman, was helpless in slowing the opposition’s offensive attack.
The United States and Russia are currently tied atop Group A with three points each. Russia beat Slovenia 5-2.
Tuukka Rask of the Bruins was also in action on Thursday, manning the crease for Team Finland. Rask and his fellow mates blew-out Austria, 8-4. Rask did allow an uncharacteristic 4 goals, but an offensive explosion was on there to pick him up.
Patrice Bergeron will make his 2014 Olympic debut when he and Team Canada square-off with Norway Thursday afternoon.
Finland currently sits solely atop Group B as they wait for Canada-Norway to play out. The game is slated to be aired at 12 p.m Eastern Standard Time on Thursday.
All of the Bruins participating in the Olympic games except for Chara will be in action on Friday. As of right now Krejci and the Czech’s face a must win against Latvia.