The Atlanta Thrashers won their first win of the season in the National
Hockey League on Thursday, defeating the New York Rangers 5:3. Assists by
New York players Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival weren't enough to keep
the Rangers in the match.
In other ice hockey action, the Maple Leaf's Pavel Kubina and Tomas Kaberle assisted on their team's winning goal against Florida; in the match the Leafs downed the Panthers by a score of 3:2.
After a weaker start, Czech ice hockey goalie Tomas Vokoun helped his team the Florida Panthers to their first victory in the new NHL season. Vokoun stopped all 29 shots by the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, earning the 22nd shutout of his career. Czech Rostislav Olesz scored the game's opening goal, assisted by compatriot Radek Dvorak. The Panthers ended up winning the game 3:0.
Tomas Plekanec scored his first goal for the Montreal Canadiens in NHL ice hockey action on Wednesday, helping lift his team 3:2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The player, a 20 goal-scorer last season, scored a game-tying goal in a game that was the NHL debut of the Canadiens' rookie goaltender Carey Price. The game-winner was then scored by Russian team mate Andrei Markov. The Canadiens have now won two and lost once in overtime in the first three match-ups of the season.
Ice hockey's Detroit Red Wings, home to Czech goalie Dominik Hasek, demolished Jaromir Jagr's New York Rangers in an NHL preseason match on Tuesday. Hasek's Red Wings went up 1:0 just 28 seconds into the game. Hasek made 18 saves for Detroit in the game, allowing the Rangers' lone goal with less than three minutes left. Jarmoir Jagr assisted on the goal, which was scored by Scott Gomez.
In this week's Sports News: the Czech National team beats San Marino 3:0 in the Euro 2008 qualification; O2 Extraliga in ice-hockey starts on Wednesday; Yvetta Hlavacova swam across the English Channel but was too slow to break the record and Marlene Ottey has made an appearance in the Czech athletics league.
In Sports News: the Czech Republic lose in the final of the Under-20 World Cup, though they certainly will not be returning home in disgrace; tennis ace Radek Stepanek completes his comeback from injury with a win in the Los Angeles Classic - only the second title of his career; climber Libor Uher becomes only the second Czech to conquer K2; ice hockey star Petr Nedved leaves the NHL after 15 years for Sparta Prague; and is footballer Radoslav Kovac bound for the big league and Inter Milan?
In Sports News: Tomas Berdych climbs back into the top ten in tennis's world rankings after reaching the quarter-finals at Wimbledon; Nicole Vaidisova says goodbye to the All England Club at the same stage, but has more to regret; football goalkeeper Petr Cech is set to wear a special protective helmet for another season; Vladimir Smicer scores on his 'debut' for Slavia Prague; and Dominik Hasek receives a better contract from Detroit Red Wings, while Robert Lang leaves the NHL club.
Czech star goaltender Dominik Hasek, still showing top form at age 42, agreed to terms Friday with the Detroit Red Wings on a new one-year National Hockey League contract. The deal, reportedly worth more than two million dollars, makes the six-time Vezina Trophy winner as top NHL netminder a Red Wing for his 15th NHL season.