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by George Malik on 02/18/14 at 02:50 PM ET
I guess it was too much to hope for. Tomas Tatar played an another fantastic game alongside Marian Hossa and the surprising straw who stirred the drink on Slovakia's top line in Michal Handzus, Tomas Jurco played his heart out yet again...
But the Slovaks dug a 4-goals-to-zip deficit for themselves, and they couldn't quite dig themselves out of it, losing 5-3 to the Czech Republic.
Slovakia rallied to 4-3 and pulled Jan Laco, but Andrej Meszaros taking a dumb penalty yielded a 5-on-5 instead of a 6-on-5, and Tomas Plekanec had no trouble stuffing the puck into an empty net and punching the Czechs' ticket for a quarterfinal battle with the U.S. tomorrow at noon (12 PM on USA and TSN2).
Tatar had an assist, took 3 shots and finished at +1 in 18:31 of ice time, and Jurco had a shot, took a penalty and finished even in 14:42 of ice time.
Tatar and Jurco will likely fly back to the U.S. on the same charter Henrik Zetterberg's taking on Thursday:
Jurco will report to Grand Rapids for this weekend's triple-header of home games against Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday and Milwaukee on Sunday; Tatar will probably take a day or two off before rejoining the Wings for practice.
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that the non-Olympians will skate at the Joe at 2 PM on Wednesday, skating for the first time since February 6th, which should dovetail with the Olympic quarterfinals nicely...
The Red Wings' pre-Lidstrom retirement ceremony schedule looks like this:
March 5th is the trade deadline, and on March 6th, the Wings host the Avalanche and raise Nicklas Lidstrom's #5 to the rafters.
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