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Krejci delivers for Czechs

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 24, 2010 12:15 AM

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Even during this extended break, Bruins fans require no reminder that David Krejci and his teammates have had trouble putting the puck in the net this season.

But moments ago, the 23-year-old forward, who has just 11 goals for the Bruins this season, scored a huge one for his homeland.

Krejci scored at 5:10 of overtime, giving the Czech Republic a 3-2 victory over the resilient Latvia tonight in a quarterfinal play-in at Canada Hockey Place.

The Czech Republic took a 2-0 on goals from Tomas Rolinek and Tomas Fleischmann in the first period. But Latvia's Mikelis Redlihs and Martins Cipulis scored in the third to tie the game.

Latvia's Edgars Masalskis was stellar even though Krejci's wrister from the center slot eluded him, stopping 47 shots. Tomas Vokoun had 24 saves for the Czechs.

The goal advances the Czechs to the quarterfinals, where they will face Finland Wednesday night.

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