Jaromir Jagr will better understand the buzz surrounding Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist come Friday.
Jagr is used to firing pucks in practice at his New York Rangers teammate, but it’ll be all business when the Czech Republic meets Sweden in an Olympic men’s hockey semifinal at the Palasport Olimpico.
The 1994 and 1998 Olympic champions meet hoping to advance to another gold-medal game.
One-time political rivals Russia and Finland meet on the ice with a berth in the gold-medal game on the line.
Mike Modano packed up his stuff and left Italy on Thursday morning, skipping a final meeting with his Olympic teammates after they were eliminated a night earlier in the men’s hockey quarterfinals.
USA Hockey spokesman Dave Fischer said the longtime Dallas Stars forward â€” who sharply criticized team management after the Americans’ elimination Wednesday â€” was the only member of the 23-player squad not to gather at the arena where the Americans were knocked out by Finland.