KUSA - Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had an assist Wednesday in Sweden's 4-2 win against the Czech Republic in the opening game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
Sweden jumped to a 4-0 lead in the Group C preliminary round, before the Czech Republic scored twice in the second period. Landeskog got the assist on Henrik Zetterberg's goal that gave the Swedes a 3-0 lead.
The other three Avalanche players at the Olympics open play Thursday. Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov leads Russia in a Group A game against Slovenia; Paul Stastny and Team USA face Slovakia; and Matt Duchene and Team Canada open Group B play against Norway.
Varlamov and Stastny will square off Saturday when the Americans face the Russians in a Group A game, which will be live at 5 a.m. on NBC Sports Network. On Sunday, Team USA faces Slovenia and Russia plays Slovakia to end the preliminary round.
Landeskog and the Swedes next play Friday against Switzerland then ends pool play Saturday against Latvia. Duchene will play Friday against Austria and Sunday against Finland.
The men's qualifying round is Feb. 18; quarterfinals are Feb. 19; semifinals on Feb. 21; bronze-medal game is Feb. 22; and the gold-medal game is Feb. 23.