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Czechs rally to top France in overtime at worlds

Jagr leads Czechs with seven points (4g-3a) after preliminary round

Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 4:56 PM ET / News
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Czechs rally to top France in overtime at worlds

The Czech Republic closed out the preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship with a comeback to remember.

Jaromir Jagr scored one of three second-period goals for the Czechs, who erased a 3-0 deficit en route to a 5-4 overtime victory over France on Tuesday.

Jan Kolar won it for the Czech Republic at 2:36 of the extra session, setting up a quarterfinal matchup with the United States on Thursday.

NBCSN will broadcast the game on a 30-minute tape delay at 9:30 a.m. ET. Live streaming coverage will begin at 9 a.m. on stream.nbcsports.com.

Jagr’s tally – his team-leading fourth of the tournament – completed the rally by tying the contest, 3-3, at 11:29 of the second. He was later denied by French netminder Florian Hardy on a penalty shot at 16:15.

The Czechs blew a 4-3 lead in the third period when Antoine Roussel scored at 2:36 to even the score at 4.

Jagr leads the Czechs with seven points (4g-3a) in seven games and finished the prelim round on a five-game point streak (3g-3a).

In Tuesday's other games, Peter DeBoer and Canada secured the top spot in Group A with a 3-2 win over Norway and will face Finland in the quarters.

Damien Brunner and Switzerland failed to advance but ended the tournament on a high note, defeating Latvia, 3-2. Brunner opened the scoring with his third goal and finished second on the Swiss squad with six points (3g-3a) in seven games.

Raman Hrabarenka and host Belarus dropped their preliminary-round finale to Russia, 2-1, but still earned a fourth-place finish in Group B and a quarterfinal meeting with defending champion Sweden.

Hrabarenka has two assists and is plus-5 through seven games.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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