Nobody can say that Slovakia went down without a fight.
The Czech Republic jumped out to a 4-0 lead in their Olympic matchup against rival Slovakia on Tuesday, but had to withstand a ferocious offensive flurry from the Slovaks in order to secure the win and move on the quarterfinals.
Slovakia refused to go quietly however; as Marian Hossa took it upon himself to put his nation’s offense on his back. The 35-year-old forward scored two straight goals to cut the Czech advantage in half. Tomas Surovy would add a tally less than two minutes later to pull the Slovaks within one.
Unfortunately a miracle comeback was not to be, as the Czech defense held strong for the remainder of the contest. Slovakia took a late penalty and Czech captain Tomas Plekanec added an empty-netter to seal the 5-3 victory.
With the win, the Czech Republic will now move on to face the United States in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.