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Czech Republic defeats Finland in shootout thriller

Climb back from 3-0 deficit in third period to win 4-3

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensMTL /

PARIS - The Czech Republic climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Finland 4-3 in the shootout in their third game of the preliminary round of the IIHF World Hockey Championship on Monday.

Finland had a strong first period, getting goals from Valtteri Filppula, Topi Jaakola and Ville Lajunen to go up 3-0.

After a scoreless second frame, the Czechs mounted their comeback in the third, with Roman Horak, Radko Gudas and Jan Kovar finding the back of the net. Neither team could net the winner in overtime, and it wasn't until the third round of the shootout that Robin Hanzl completed the comeback for the Czech Republic.

Tomas Plekanec was held off the scoresheet, had two shots, and an even differential in 20:40 of ice time, while Jakub Jerabek recorded a plus-1 differential in 18:35 of game action.

The Czechs will now enjoy two days off before their next game on Wednesday, when they face off against Andreas Martinsen and Team Norway.

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