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Cervenka's hat trick gives Czechs world hockey bronze

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Associated Press
5/15/2011 3:31:23 PM
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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Roman Cervenka scored a hat trick to lead the Czech Republic to a 7-4 victory over Russia and the bronze medal Sunday at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Petr Prucha scored twice, and Jan Marek and Tomas Plekanec added one apiece for the Czechs -- the defending champions -- in a rematch of last year's final.

Ilya Kovalchuk finally found his scoring touch to score twice for Russia, but it was not enough. Dmitri Kulikov and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored a goal each.

The Czechs earned their fourth bronze at worlds, while Russia, the most successful nation in the tournament with 25 titles, finished without a medal for the first time since 2006.

"It's pity we didn't win the gold but you can't win every year," former NHL star Jaromir Jagr said.

The Czechs beat the Russians 2-1 in the 2010 final.

"To win the gold is perfect, but who will care in a couple of years about the bronze?" Jagr said.

Prucha lifted the Czechs into a 3-3 tie in the second period before Cervenka scored twice for a 5-3 lead.

Star forward Alex Ovechkin, who joined Russia after his Washington Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs, failed to score a goal in five games.

"All the players went for a victory and were fighting until the end," Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov said. "But this was not a good tournament for us.

"I'm sure (Ovechkin) was not satisfied with his performance. But he's not the only one to blame."

Roman Cervenka (right) celebrates with Jiri Novotny (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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