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RICHARDS RECORDS THIRD POINT IN TWO GAMES AS CANADIA TRIUMPHS
It took two days for all Lightning skaters participating in the 2006 Olympics to get on the score sheet as Vaclav Prospal recorded an assist on the first Czech Republic goal in their, 3-2, loss to Switzerland. Fredrik Modin also felt defeat for the first time during the tournament as Sweden fell to Russia, 5-0. In other action Canada downed Germany, 5-1, with Brad Richards recording his third point in two games.
In the second game of the day Prospal was credited with the secondary assist on a goal scored by the New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr. The goal tied the game at one in the second period. Thomas Ziegler scored the opening goal of the game to give the Swiss a, 1-0, lead. Ziegler's name may sound familiar to Lightning fans as he was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2000 and played five games during the 2000-01 season.
Modin and his Swedish teammates could not solve San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov as he made 24 stops for Russia to earn his first shutout of the tournament. Modin was tied with Toronto's Mats Sundin for the team-lead in shots with three. With the loss Sweden fell to 1-1 in preliminary play.
Team Canada advanced to 2-0 in the tournament as they defeated Germany in the second to last game of the day. Richards recorded the secondary assist on the Canadians' third goal scored by Philadelphia's Simon Gagne. Richards finished with three shots on goal while Martin St. Louis
and Vincent Lecavalier
were each credited with two.
After starting the first game for the United States John Grahame gave way to the Islanders' Rick DiPietro Thursday as the Americans defeated Kazakhstan, 4-1, for their first win in Torino. They have earned three points of a possible four in the preliminary round.
Teams will have Friday off as the women take to the ice. The men will return to action on Saturday with Canada taking on Switzerland, Sweden battling Latvia, the United States skating with undefeated Slovakia and the Czech Republic facing off against Finland who has outscored opponents 11-0 in two games.