The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have reached the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver after a 3:2 victory over Latvia. The Czechs scored two goals in the first period, a feat repeated by the Latvians in the third to force overtime. However, David Krejčí eased Czech nerves with a goal in the sixth minute of overtime to book a place in the last eight. Star forward Jaromír Jágr was taken off less than half way through the game after complaining of neck pain, but is expected to play against Finland in the quarter-final tie. Many Czechs fans will be setting their alarm clocks for that match, which begins at 4 am CET on Thursday.
The Czech hockey team survived a scare against Latvia in their first elimination match-up at the Olympics on Tuesday. After three periods the game went down the wire and overtime was needed to break the 2:2 tie. In the end, the Czechs advanced to the next round but the game could have easily gone either way.
In Sports News this Monday: speed skater Martina Sáblíková takes bronze in the 1,500 metres, bringing the Czech Republic’s medals tally in Vancouver to three; a clash between Alexander Ovechkin and Jaromír Jágr is the key moment as the Czech hockey team lose 4:2 to Russia; Lukáš Bauer comes seventh in the 30 kilometre pursuit; and after dominating ski cross for a decade, Tomáš Kraus fails to make the final the first time the sport is included in the Olympics.
Czech ice hockey manager Vladimír Růžička says he will field an unchanged formation, at least in the early stages, for the key match against Russia on Sunday night. The Czechs just need to draw the Winter Olympics tie to go through to the quarterfinals after already winning the two opening group qualifiers. The manager’s decision means that Jaromír Jagr together with Petr Čajánek and Roman Červenka should lead the attack early on. Russian chances of progressing have been dented after their second match loss against Slovakia.
The Czech ice hockey team beat Latvia 5:2 in their second group game at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Czechs quickly took a three goal lead in the first period but the Latvians came back to score twice in the second with the game standing at 4:2 at the end of that period. With a 100 percent record of two victories out of two, the Czechs now only need a draw with Russia on Sunday to book a place in the quarterfinals.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players have gotten off to a winning start at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, with a 3:1 victory over their old federal partners Slovakia. The Czechs went ahead through captain Patrik Eliáš after 10 minutes, before the Slovaks drew level at the start of the second period. However, they could find no reply to two more Czech goals in two minutes at the end of the second period from Jaromír Jágr and Tomáš Plekanec. Jágr is the only player in the Czech team who was part of the squad that won the gold in the Olympics in Japan’s Nagano in 1998.
Martin Hosták is one of Czech TV’s most popular hockey co-commentators, a job he took on after a successful career in Czech hockey, the NHL and in Sweden’s Elitserien. In this edition of One on One, we talk about his years on the ice, his current TV work as well as Czech hopes for a medal from the hockey tournament at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Looking back at the time when he first appeared in the Czech extraliga in the 1980s, Martin Hosták says the game has completely changed.
The Czech ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr will be fit for the start of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. After he was taken off after the first period of a game for his club Omsk on Friday there were reports in the Russian media that he had sustained a groin injury. However, Jágr told the newspaper Sport that he had merely felt weak because of a stomach virus, adding that he would likely be able to play for Omsk again on Sunday in what will be the club’s last game before the Olympic break.
Jaromír Jágr was taken off injured after only the first period of his club Omsk’s second last game before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. There have been reports in the Russian media that Jágr strained his groin in Friday’s match, though the seriousness of the injury is not clear. The 37-year-old, regarded as one of the greatest Czech players of all time, is the only man in the current squad who was in the side that took gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan’s Nagano.
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