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.
Czech forward Martin Havlát scored two goals in NHL action on Thursday to
help his team Minnesota defeat the Edmonton Oilers. The final score was
and Havlát was named the game’s first star.
In other action, the New York Rangers’ Václav Prospal racked up four points on the night, scoring twice and earning two assists against Washington. It wasn’t enough for the win, though: Washington edged the Rangers 5:4.
Milan Michálek, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, earned a goal and an assist against Vancouver. The Canucks lost by a score of 3:1.
The ice hockey clubs Sparta Prague and Zlín have been fined CZK 100,000 after mass fighting between their players during a game in the Czech Extraliga. Two Zlín players also received suspensions, as did one Sparta player. During Sunday’s match, which Zlín won 4:1, seven players from each side were sent off after a series of fights, with an Extraliga record of 439 penalty minutes imposed.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in front of a home crowd in Tábor; Czech Karolína Plíšková takes the junior title at the Australian Open; and goalie Tomáš Vokoun sets a new personal record for shutouts in one season in ice the NHL.
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