Capitals forward Dmitrij Jaskin was inches away from scoring a hat trick in the Czech Republic’s 8-0 beatdown of Italy.
Jaskin scored the Czech Republic’s fifth and seventh goals and also registered a primary assist on a fluke tally by Radko Gudas.
“Well, you know, it’s always nice to score,” Jaskin said after the game. “It finally came. Everybody is going to feel a little better about themselves after the game.”
The Czech Republic improved to 4-1 in the tournament and are tied for first in Group B.