In NHL action on Thursday Czech forward Rostislav Olesz scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins. The final score was 5-2. In other games, Tomáš Plekanec – the most productive Czech player in the NHL – opened the scoring for the Montreal Canadiens against the Phoenix Coyotes. Montreal went on to win 4-2. Czech defenceman Zbyněk Michálek scored once for the losing team. In another notable game, defenceman Tomáš Kabrle notched up two assists for Toronto, with the Maple Leafs trouncing the Boston Bruins 8-2.