Tomas Vokoun made 12 of his 28 saves in the third period and the Czech Republic skated off with a 3-0 bronze-medal victory Saturday night, denying the Russians a medal for just the second time since joining the competition as the Soviet Union in 1956.
The Czechs, beaten by Sweden 7-3 in the semifinals, smiled warmly as the medals were placed around their necks. "We're still disappointed with what happened with Sweden," said Vokoun, who platooned with Martin Hnilicka after Dominik Hasek was injured early in the tournament, "but we won and I'm happy for that medal."
Russia, which fell 4-0 to Finland after winning five straight, lost Ilya Kovalchuk - its second-leading scorer - after he was ejected for an elbow that bloodied the face of the Lightning's Pavel Kubina.
Kubina was one of several players fighting for position behind the Czech goal when Kovalchuk came from behind and hit him in the head with his arm as the Czech player twisted toward him. Kubina was facedown for a bit and was bleeding as he was helped to the bench. He went to the locker room moments later.
Kovalchuk, who plays for the Atlanta Thrashers, was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Marek Zidlicky scored during the five-minute power play to make it 2-0.
"Hopefully I'll be okay," said Kubina, who received his medal in street clothes and expects to see a doctor today. "I'm going to get some good sleep - I just feel tired now. We'll see."
NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr left for the locker room in the second period with a minor groin injury. He was on the Czech bench in the third but didn't play. He said he doesn't think he'll miss any time when he returns to the Rangers.
Bronze medalists four years ago in Salt Lake City, the Russians took home gold six times in seven tries but are dealing with a four-Games losing streak. They didn't medal in 1994 in Lillehammer.
German adds 2nd gold
ON THE TRACK: Germany's Andre Lange won his second gold, adding a four-man title to his two-man. He beat Russian's Alexander Zoubkov and Switzerland's Martin Annen, who won his second bronze after finishing third in two-man. In his final Olympics, American Todd Hays finished seventh - a spot behind Steve Holcomb in USA-2. Hays is retiring from bobsled and plans to become a football coach.
German, Swede win
ON THE SNOW: Michael Greis skied into the final shooting stage of the 15K mass start still in Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's shadow. But when Bjoerndalen missed two targets and Greis shot clean, the 29-year-old German became the first three-time gold medalist at these Games. Tomasz Sikora of Poland won silver and Bjoerndalen of Norway took the bronze.
In the women's race, Anna Carin Olofsson gave Sweden its first biathlon gold since 1960, winning by 18.8 seconds over Kati Wilhelm of Germany, whose teammate, Uschi Disl, took third.
Canadian takes 5,000
ON THE ICE: Canada's Clara Hughes passed Germany's Claudia Pechstein with two laps to go to win gold in the women's 5,000 meters. Teammate Cindy Klassen took the bronze for her fifth medal of the Games. In short track, South Korea's Jin Sun-Yu won the women's 1,000, earning her second gold of the Games. China's Wang Meng earned the silver and Yang Yang of China took the bronze.