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Timonen, Finland clinch Group A

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

All five Nashville Predators selected to participate for their respective countries in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, saw action in the men's ice hockey tournament on Sunday. 

Nashville defenseman Kimmo Timonen's Finland improved to 4-0 and clinched Group A with a 2-0 victory over Canada on Sunday. Timonen notched an assist in Finland's victory.

The Czech Republic, featuring Predators Tomas Vokoun, Martin Erat and Marek Zidlicky, rebounded with a 4-1 victory over host country Italy.

Nashville defenseman Danny Markov posted an assist as Russia downed Latvia 9-2.

In other action, Slovakia downed Kazakhstan 2-1, Sweden edged the United States 2-1 and Switzerland tied Germany 2-2.

Twelve countries are split into two groupings of six to begin the tournament, and each team will play the other members in its group once during the round-robin preliminaries. The top four finishers in each group will proceed to the quarterfinal brackets that will lead to the semifinals and the eventual medal rounds. Men's ice hockey will be played on five of the remaining seven days on the 2006 Olympic schedule.

Monday, February 20
No games

Tuesday, February 21
Latvia vs. Kazakhstan
MSNBC, 5:30 a.m. CT
Switzerland vs. Italy
MSNBC, 5:30 a.m. CT
Finland vs. Germany
MSNBC, 5:30 a.m. CT
Canada vs. Czech Republic
MSNBC, 5:30 a.m. CT
Sweden vs. Slovakia
MSNBC, 5:30 a.m. CT
United States vs. Russia
USA Network, 1:00 p.m. CT

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