In Sports News this week: speed skater Martina Sáblíková is named Czech Sportsperson of the Year and takes bronze from the European Championships in Russia; Sparta Prague ice hockey club are also in action in Russia, losing in the final of the Super Six European club competition to Magnitogorsk; Nicole Vaidišová advances to the second round of the Australian Open with ease; and Petr Čech comes out on top in the battle of the Czech goalkeepers in the Premier League.
In NHL action on Thursday evening Czech ice hockey players Rostislav Olesz
and Kamil Kreps helped their team the Florida Panthers down Atlanta 4:3 on
penalties. Former Atlanta goalie Tomáš Vokoun caught the final penalty
for the Florida win.
In other action Patrik Eliáš scored the winner for New Jersey against Carolina: the Devils won 4:1.
Forwards Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata each scored goals and notched
assists to help their team, the Phoenix Coyotes, down the Chicago Black
Hawks 4:2 in NHL ice hockey action on Thursday. Hanzal was named player of
the match, while Vrbata was the third star.
In other games, Petr Sýkora of Pittsburgh scored his twelfth goal of the season in a 6:2 Penguin romp over Toronto.
Three points on the night (including a third period tying goal) by Tampa’s Václav Prospal weren’t enough against the Montreal Canadiens, who rebounded in the 3rd to win with a final score of 6:3.
Ernest Bokros, the coach of the ice-hoceky club RI Okna Zlin resigned on Sunday over poor results. The coach has been with the club since 2003 and won the only title for the Moravian team in 2004. This year, Zlin is currently last but one in the Extraliga table. The position will probably be filled by Rostislav Vlach, a former forward for Zlin and the Czech national team.
The Czech U-20 national ice hockey team beat Slovakia 5:2 at the World Championship in Pardubice on Saturday. The Czechs took the lead in the first period with two goals while their Slovak peers were only able to bring the puck into the net when the score was 4:0 for the Czechs. This victory secures the Czech Under-20 national team a spot in the Championship’s quarter-finals. In previous games, the Czech Republic beat Denmark and only lost to Canada, the tournament’s favourite.
A day after falling to Canada 3:0 in their opener at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Pardubice, the Czechs rebounded with a win over Denmark. The Czech team’s captain, Micahel Frolik, put the Czechs ahead early in the first period by scoring a natural hat trick. The Czechs added two more in the second, before the Danes pulled back with two goals. On Saturday the Czechs will face Slovakia.
This year’s World Under-20 Ice Hockey Championship got underway in Pardubice, East Bohemia on Wednesday, with the Czechs hoping for a strong tournament on home turf. Last year they finished a disappointing fifth and fans – who have helped sell out the 10,000+ Cez Arena in Pardubice – are hoping this year they’ll finish at least two better. But it won’t be easy. On Wednesday the Czechs got off to a losing start: despite a strong performance in their opener, they were beaten by three-time defending champions, Canada. The final score was 3:0.
In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey team finished third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup; a rare mistake by Petr Cech costs Chelsea three points against Tomas Rosicky’s Arsenal; the Czech national team are now 6th in the FIFA world rankings; Slavia Prague has new owners, though their identity is a mystery; and newspaper reports suggest 18-year-old tennis star Nicole Vaidisova is to marry Radek Stepanek.
In NHL ice hockey action on Thursday Edmonton Oiler Ales Hemsky was the only player to score in a penalty shootout against Detroit, beating goalie Dominik Hasek. The final score in the game was 4:3. The Oilers snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Red Wings, who otherwise continue to top the National Hockey League standings. In other action, netminder Tomas Vokoun turned away 33 shots to help the Florida Panthers beat St Louis 1:0. The shutout is Vokoun’s third this season.
In Sports News this week: the Czech cross country skiing relay team make history with their first ever World Cup win; Slavia Prague go into the winter break as Czech football league leaders; Rosicky scores for Arsenal but ends up on the losing side, while Nedved secures three points for Juventus; Milan Hejduk notches up three goals and three assists for Colorado in an NHL game against St Louis; and the Czech Republic is chosen as the venue for the 2010 women’s basketball world championships.
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