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 Saturday and four of them were playing in the same game.
Nashville defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored two goals on Saturday but it wasn't enough for the Czech Republic as Kimmo Timonen's Finland improved to 3-0 after defeating Zidlicky, Tomas Vokoun, Martin Erat and the Czechs, 4-2. Timonen had an assist in the game, both of Zidlicky's goals came on the power play and Vokoun made 28 saves on 32 shots.
Earlier in the day, Nashville defenseman Danny Markov's Russian squad won their second straight game with a 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan.
The upset of the tournament so far came when Switzerland, fresh off a 3-2 upset over the Czech Republic on Thursday, downed the defending Olympic champion Canada 2-0. Carolina goaltender Martin Gerber, in net for the Swiss, turned aside all 49 shots he faced in the victory.
In other action, Team USA fell 2-1 to Slovakia, Germany scored with 1:17 left in the third period to tie Italy 3-3, and the Flyers' Peter Forsberg set up two goals in his first game of the tournament, helping guide Sweden to a 6-1 victory over Latvia.
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 six of the remaining eight days on the 2006 Olympic schedule.
Sunday, February 19
Germany vs. Switzerland
CNBC, 5:00 a.m. CT
Russia vs. Latvia
CNBC, 6:00 a.m. CT
Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan
CNBC, 9:00 a.m. CT
United States vs. Sweden
NBC, 9:30 a.m. CT
Czech Republic vs. Italy
CNBC, 1:00 p.m. CT
Finland vs. Canada
CNBC, 2:00 p.m. CT
For Olympics broadcast channel information for your area: www.nbcolympics.com/tv.