When the Olympic men’s hockey tournament began on Feb. 12, Marty Erat seemed to be the most likely Capital to go home early. But after Tuesday’s wild 5-3 win over Slovakia, the 32-year-old Czech has lived to play another day.
Erat and the Czechs will face off against Capitals teammate John Carlson and the heavily favored Americans at noon ET on Wednesday. Carlson practiced on a defense pairing with Cam Fowler on Tuesday.
Erat, 32, is playing in his third and perhaps final Olympics for the Czechs, who have won two of their four games in the tournament. He won an Olympic bronze medal in 2006. His wife is due to deliver their second child on Feb. 25.
--With 6:34 gone in the second period and the Czechs leading 3-0, Erat drew a tripping penalty on Slovakia defenseman Zdeno Chara. The Czechs failed to score on the man-advantage.
Points – 0
Shots on goal - 1
Penalty minutes - 0
Plus/minus - Even
Ice time – 16:08
Shifts - 23
Average shift - 0:42
Wednesday 2/19 – USA vs. Czech Republic, noon