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Czech Republic Wins Bronze at Worlds

May 20, 2012, 12:22 PM ET [0 Comments]
Julie Robenhymer
Czech Republic holds on in the third to defeat Finland on their home ice to win the bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki.

Powered by three first period goals from Petr Prucha, Jiri Novotny and David Krejci, the Czechs sat back in the second and neutralized any and all offensive threats from the Finns, but the third was a different story as the home team desperately tried to give their fans something to cheer about. Jussi Jokinen gave them some hope midway through the final period when he scored a power play goal to pull within one. The fans were anxiously awaiting the game tying goal as Finland was tireless in their attack, but it never came.

Finland has hosted this tournament fourtimes now and have yet to win a medal at home, but this was their best finish on home ice. This is the second bronze medal in a row for Czech Republic.

Russia and Slovakia will drop the puck in the gold medal game at 1:30 EST. You can watch live on TSN or tape delayed on NBCSports at 9pm EST.

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