Canada 2 Czech Republic 6

Qualifying Round
May 3, 2004
Prague, CZE

By Alan Adams

PRAGUE – It was a piece of “humble pie” that could serve Canada well here at the World Hockey Championship.

Canada lost 6-2 to the Czech Republic Monday night in a hard-hitting contest. The Canadians did not do a good job at controlling their emotions and that lack of discipline ended up costing them in the end.

“The bottom line is today we leave the rink with some humble pie, no doubt about it,” said coach Mike Babcock. “But if we do not have the emotions under control now, we know what happens. We had a real good message and we can’t play like that.”

Despite the fact the Czechs outplayed Canada all night, Babcock’s glass wasn’t half empty. He says a lesson was learned and now it’s time to apply that knowledge when the medal round starts on Wednesday.

“This is a step and we’ll learn from it,” he said.
The 18,000 fans at the Sazka Arena were pumped for the game. They started singing way before the two teams took the ice and the din reminded people of the deafening roar usually reserved for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. It was so loud that Canadian head Babcock had to tap his players on the shoulders to get their attention.

The Czechs had the game well in hand when tempers and frustrations surfaced late in the second period. The period ended with an all-out melee featuring Jaromir Jagr and Dany Heatley, and 14 minutes in minor penalties were called.

After the game, Czech coach Slava Lener was critical of the referees and thought the Canadians should have been penalized for roughing up Jagr, which sparked the scrum on the ice at the end of the second period.
Babcock reminded Lener that a) the referee saw the two alleged infractions he referred to and did not call a penalty on either one, and b) the Czechs were as much as part of it as the Canadians were.

But the Canadians admitted they have to keep their emotions in check.
“We did not control our emotions at all,” said Brendan Morrison. “We played with emotion but it wasn’t under control.”

The Czechs are first and Canada is second in E Group. Latvia finished third and will move on, while Germany is fourth with three points and Switzerland follows with a pair of points. Germany plays Switzerland on Tuesday with the winner advancing to the medal round.

In the pool being played in Ostrava, Slovakia clinched top spot thanks to a 0-0 draw with Sweden and won on goal differential. Sweden finished second. Finland was third and the United States fourth.

When the medal round begins Wednesday, it’s the Czechs vs. the United States and Sweden vs. Latvia. On Thursday, Slovakia plays the winner of Germany-Switzerland and Canada plays Finland.

Box Score CAN
Compte CZE

First Period/Première période

6.57 2 - 0 EQ Czech Republic 19. BERANEK, Josef (20. DVORAK, Radek)
4.30 1 - 0 EQ Czech Republic 30. DOPITA, Jiri (71. SLEGR, Jiri)

19.09 2 min Czech Republic 69. HAVLAT, Martin Tripping
14.00 2 min Canada 94. SMYTH, Ryan Slashing
9.12 2 min Czech Republic 35. HEJDA, Jan Hooking
4.30 2 min Canada 48. BRIERE, Danny Roughing
1.52 2 min Canada 22. COOKE, Matt Elbowing

Second Period/Deuxième période

26.35 3 - 1 EQ Czech Republic 26. RUCINSKY, Martin Game Winning Goal (7. NOVAK, Jan) (40. PROSPAL, Vaclav)
20.47 2 - 1 PP2 Canada 28. MURRAY, Glen (7. MORRISON, Brendan) (53. MORRIS, Derek)

40.00 2 min Czech Republic 68. JAGR, Jaromir Roughing
40.00 2 min Czech Republic 35. HEJDA, Jan Roughing
40.00 2 min Czech Republic 28. STRAKA, Martin Roughing
40.00 2 min Canada 19. MORROW, Brenden Roughing
40.00 2 min Canada 15. HEATLEY, Dany Roughing
40.00 2 min Canada 27. NIEDERMAYER, Scott Roughing
40.00 2 min Canada 27. NIEDERMAYER, Scott Roughing
36.58 2 min Czech Republic 41. SKOULA, Martin Cross-checking
31.37 2 min Canada 7. MORRISON, Brendan Interference
20.38 2 min Czech Republic 29. VOKOUN, Tomas Cross-checking

Third Period/Troisième période

55.07 6 - 2 EQ Czech Republic 14. KRAFT, Milan (27. HLAVAC, Jan)
54.34 5 - 2 EQ Czech Republic 19. BERANEK, Josef (14. KRAFT, Milan) (27. HLAVAC, Jan)
45.52 4 - 2 EQ Canada 94. SMYTH, Ryan (44. NIEDERMAYER, Rob)
40.19 4 - 1 PP1 Czech Republic 40. PROSPAL, Vaclav (20. DVORAK, Radek)

55.25 2 min Czech Republic 73. PRUCHA, Petr Delaying the game
47.08 2 min Canada 44. NIEDERMAYER, Rob Cross-checking
42.36 2 min Czech Republic 40. PROSPAL, Vaclav Roughing
42.36 2 min Canada 10. HORCOFF, Shawn Roughing

Goaltenders CAN LUONGO, Roberto
Gardiennes de but CZE VOKOUN, Tomas

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Referee/Arbitre LARKING Christer
Linesmen/Juges des lignes FEOLA Peter, MASIK Milan

Attendance/Assistance 17,360
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