Hockey: United States and the Czech Republic face off in quarterfinals

February 19

Jonathan Quick, right, makes a save on Evgeni Malkin in the Russia game. (Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty Images)

Russia’s 3-1 quarterfinal loss to Finland is the big news of Wednesday’s hockey action, but the United States is back on the ice, facing the Czech Republic, for the first time since Sunday’s 5-1 win against Slovenia. Jonathan Quick is back in goal, for the first time since Saturday against Russia. Ryan Miller was in net on Sunday.

“Guys are playing great in our own end and competing in front of the net when there are rebounds,” Quick said, via Larry Lage of the Associated Press.

James van Riemsdyk scored 1 minute 40 seconds into the game for an early 1-0 U.S. lead. Marek Zidlicky Ales Hemsky quickly returned the favor to tie the score at 1 less than five minutes in.

Here’s the live-updating game summary.

Earlier Wednesday, Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden shut Slovenia out, 5-0, to advance to a semifinal against Finland, which moved on with the win over Russia. The Americans are on the same side of the bracket as Canada, which on Wednesday was facing Latvia, also with a noon puck drop. The winners of U.S./Czech Republic and Canada/Latvia meet on Friday in a semifinal, and the gold and bronze medal games follow over the weekend.

More Olympic hockey news:

Analysis: Why Russia went out with a whimper

Russia falls to Finland, won’t win hockey medal

World reacts to Russia’s hockey loss

Hockey ouster heightens pressure on Russia’s ‘tiny genius’

D.C. Sports Bog: Milbury and Roenick rip Ovechkin

Quarterfinals schedule | Playoff bracket set

Analysis: Katie Carrera’s five thoughts from Feb. 16

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