Team Europe defeats Team Czech Republic 3-2 in OT

Forward Leon Draisaitl’s OT goal against Team Czech Republic puts Team USA in must-win situation Tuesday

By Tim Campbell

Sept 19, 2016

TORONTO ­­ Team Europe continued its surprising impact on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 3­-2 win against Team Czech Republic in overtime at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Team Europe (2­-0­-0) leads Group A and put Team USA (0­-1­-0) in a must ­win situation against Team Canada (1-­0-­0) on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports) to remain in contention to advance to the semifinal.

Leon Draisaitl scored his second goal of the tournament on a breakaway at 2:06 of overtime.

Team Czech Republic (0­-1-­1) has one point and would need some major help from others to get into a possible tiebreaker. It plays Team USA on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, TVA Sports).

Team Europe outshot Team Czech Republic 41-­30 and never trailed.

Team Europe took a 2-­1 lead early in the third period when Team Czech Republic goalie Petr Mrazek mishandled a wrist shot from Team Europe forward Mats Zuccarello.

Mrazek had been excellent to that point of the game, stopping 33 of 34 shots until he whiffed on Zuccarello’s 35­foot shot on a solo rush.  Team Czech Republic made it 2­-2, 6:14 later on a power play.

After Team Europe forward Thomas Vanek’s sloppy tripping penalty in the offensive zone, Martin Hanzal scored on the rebound of a  Vladimir Sobotka point shot that went wide but came quickly off the backboard.

After a cautious first period for both teams, Team Europe turned up the heat in the second period with 21 shots on Mrazek.

The surge gave Team Europe the first goal of the game from Zdeno Chara. Chara sent a quick shot from the left­wing boards that beat Mrazek as he was having his stick handed back to him by Hanzal.

Mrazek had lost the stick to the right of his goal under heavy Team Europe pressure.

In the second period, Mrazek had several excellent saves, including one on a penalty shot by Team Europe center Anze Kopitar, who tried going five­hole with the attempt at 2:31 after Team Czech Republic defenseman Michal Kempny put his hand on the puck in the goal crease while defending a Team Europe power play.

Team Czech Republic needed 3:23 to tie it 1­-1 after Chara’s goal.

Jakub Voracek collected a loose puck that had been chipped by teammate Michal Jordan past Team Europe defenseman Roman Josi and Voracek’s snap shot from near the right dot beat Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak to the far side.

That ended Halak’s shutout streak at 93:28 to start the World Cup.



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