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Filling the Void: Dominik Hašek puts the Czech Republic on His Back

Watch as Dominik Hašek carries his nation to a Gold Medal against a Russian squad stacked with NHL All-Stars in the 1998 Olympic Gold Medal Game

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Filling the Void: Dominik Hašek puts the Czech Republic on His Back

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We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple of weeks, however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.

At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong. 

Today: Dominik Hašek, and a Czech Republic Olympic team with few other NHL players, takes on a Russian team filled with All-Stars.

Click Here to watch the video since the IOC HATES US.

The Czech Republic was not supposed to be in the Gold Medal game at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The matchup the world had seen many times before (and would continue to see years later) of Canada/Russia was predicted ahead of the tournament’s inaugural puck drop. But one member of the Czech team had other plans.

Dominik Hašek came into the 1998 Olympics in the midst of what would be his second consecutive season of winning the Hart (NHL MVP), Vezina (Best Goalie), Pearson (Most Outstanding Regular Season) Awards. To say that Hašek was one of the best hockey players on the planet would be an understatement. The man was in the top three, and he’s the reason the Czech Republic is in this Gold Medal game.

During the pool play of the tournament, the Russians and Czechs only faced one another once, with Russia taking the game 2-1. The two goals scored on Hašek, both of which came in early in the third period, represent HALF of the goals allowed by the Czech Republic keeper in the entire pool play round.

And having Hašek between the pipes was never more important than in the game that preceded this one. When you need to beat Patrick Roy and Canada in a shootout to play for a Gold Medal, always call Dominik Hašek.

The Russians, a team made up of NHL All-Stars, scored the most goals in that round, with 15. But, that’s to be expected when you have Valeri Bure, Pavel Bure, Sergei Fedorov, and more on your roster.

The Russian Team only has one non-NHL player on their roster. The Czech Republic has seven.

So what happens in this Gold Medal game? Dominik Hašek dominates in what is one of the greatest Olympic performances by a hockey goalie.

Seriously. Hašek is standing on his head for 60 minutes. It’s incredible.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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