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Goc Scores A Late GTG

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Day three of Olympic hockey saw some interesting results for Sharks players, including some outstanding individual heroics.

Evgeni Nabokov started things off with a 1-0 shutout for Russia against Kazakhstan. During the contest he stopped all 24 shots from a team where he was very familiar with. Kazakhstan actually held the powerful Russian offense scoreless until the third period.

Marcel Goc provided some fireworks of his own when he scored a late game-tying goal in a 3-3 contest with Italy. Germany surrendered a late shorthanded goal with 1:32 left in regulation to provide the host country a 3-2 lead. San Jose’s centerman came to the rescue 15 seconds later, sending the contest to overtime and keeping Christian Ehrhoff and Germany in the hunt for the quarterfinals.

There was a bit of a shocker involving Joe Thornton and Team Canada as they were upset 2-0 by Switzerland. Thornton posted three of Canada’s 49 shots on Martin Gerber, but the Swiss netminder had the game of his life near his homeland.

Olympic hockey action continues Sunday with all four Sharks in action. Ehrhoff and Goc will help Germany try to solve Gerber and Switzerland. Nabokov will find himself in the nets against former Sharks netminder Arturs Irbe and Latvia, while Thornton and Canada will look to rebound against the tough Finnish squad.

The schedule for the remainder of the preliminary rounds is as follows:
Sunday, Feb. 19

Time (ET) Matchup Coverage
6:00 a.m.  Germany vs. Switzerland  CNBC
7:00 a.m.   Russia vs. Latvia             CNBC, TSN
10:00 a.m. Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan  CNBC, TSN
11:00 a.m. USA vs. Sweden             NBC, CBC
2:00 p.m.   Czech Republic vs. Italy  CNBC
3:00 p.m.   Finland vs. Canada         CBC, CNBC

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Time (ET) Matchup Coverage
5:30 a.m.   Latvia vs. Kazakhstan             MSNBC
6:30 a.m.   Switzerland vs. Italy                MSNBC
9:30 a.m.   Finland vs. Germany               MSNBC
10:30 a.m. Canada vs. Czech Republic    CBC, MSNBC
2:00 p.m.   Sweden vs. Slovakia              MSNBC
2:30 p.m.   USA vs. Russia                      NBC, CBC

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