Canada 4, Czech Republic 3

World CupBring on the Finns! Canada was outworked, outplayed for long stretches and outshot 40-24, but Vincent Lecavalier scored 3:45 into overtime to earn us a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday night.

I left a tie game when I entered the Molson Amphitheatre last night but word quickly spread that we were going into overtime. I literally felt butterflies in my stomach until Kid Rock announced that Canada prevailed. After that, the entire stadium erupted in cheer and Rock had to alter his playlist. There was no way we were going to settle down for a slow tune at that point. He ended up breaking into Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and the party was really underway.

We survived the Czech Republic and play for the gold on Tuesday night at 19:00 EST. I won't miss a minute of this one.

Before I leave this topic, I have a couple of notes to scrawl down. Where is the radio coverage of this event? Last night I was in the car for a period of time during the second period. It was a scoreless game when I left the television but I was forced to listen for updates because there was no play-by-play. 640 Toronto has the rights to Maple Leafs games, so you'd think they might have this event as well. The fact is it's tv or nothing if you're following the World Cup of Hockey. As for the web, I can't say enough about the highlights provided on the official site here. They're lengthy, include all goals and scoring chances, and are just Bob Cole's call over the play. I'd love the NHL to provide the same feature for NHL games. It's awesome.

Go Canada Go!


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