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Timonen, Finland improve to 2-0

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 for the second straight day of competition in the men's ice hockey tournament on Thursday.

Nashville defenseman Kimmo Timonen's Finland defeated host country Italy 6-0 on Thursday to improve to 2-0. Teemu Selanne led the way for the Fins with two goals and back-up goaltender Fredrik Norrena made 16 saves. Finland has not given up a goal yet after opening the Olympic Games with a 5-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.

Coming off a 4-1 victory over Germany on Wednesday, the Czech Repbulic, featuring Tomas Vokoun, Martin Erat and Marek Zidlicky, were upset by Switzerland 3-2 on Thursday. Colorado Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer led the way for the Swiss stopping 40 shots, including 20 in the second period alone. Marek Zidlicky scored for the Czech Republic and Tomas Vokoun made 16 saves in the loss.

Nashville defenseman Danny Markov's Russian squad rebounded from Wednesday's 5-3 loss to Slovakia to down Sweden 5-0 on Thursday. Markov led the Russian team with a +3 rating.

In other action Team USA (employing the services of Predators head equipment manager Pete Rogers) grabbed their first win with a 4-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Thursday. Five different players scored for Canada as they improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory over Germany and Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa scored two goals as Slovakia notched a 6-3 victory over Latvia on Thursday.

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 nine of the remaining 12 days on the 2006 Olympic schedule.


Friday, February 17
No Men's Hockey

Saturday, February 18
Russia vs. Kazakhstan
CNBC, 4:00 a.m. CT

Italy vs. Germany
CNBC, 4:00 a.m. CT

Canada vs. Switzerland
CNBC, 4:00 a.m. CT

Sweden vs. Latvia
CNBC, 4:00 a.m. CT

United States vs. Slovakia
NBC, 11:00 a.m. CT

Czech Republic vs. Finland
CNBC, 2:00 p.m. CT

For Olympics broadcast channel information for your area: www.nbcolympics.com/tv.

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