Tomas Plekanec scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Sweden at Finland’s annual Karjala Cup Tourament.  The games are being played at Turku Finland.  In the absence of  Jaromir Jagr, former  NHLer Peter Nedved played on the Plekanec line with Jiri Tlusty.

Along with Plekanec and  Tlusty the NHLer’s in  the Czech lineup includedMarek Zidlicky (Devils) and  Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.   Sweden’s only locked out NHLer was defenseman Victor Hedman.   Mostly for reason’s of  insurance costs many of the players are  passing up the  tournament.

The four team round robin tournament also includes Russia and the host team from Finland.  Finland, with Nashville’s Pekke Rinne in goal, edged Russia 2-1 Wednesday.  The Czechs will play Finland Friday  and wrap up their tourmament against Russia on Saturday.

The Czechs have never won the tourament since it was founded in 1996.