In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs come last with only one point at ice hockey’s Karjala Cup, despite taking the lead in all three of their games; javelin star Barbora Špotáková is named Czech Athlete of the Year for the third time in a row; and Teplice are now three points in front in the Czech football league after a win over their nearest rivals Jablonec.
The Czech Republic’s ice hockey players lost all three of their games at this year’s Karjala Cup in Helsinki. On Sunday the Czechs were beaten 4:3 in overtime by tournament winners Russia, despite having gone 2:0 up through Jan Bulis and Pavel Brendl. They had previously lost 4:3 to Sweden and 2:1 to hosts Finland.
Czech ice hockey player Tomáš Kaberle has been named first Star of the Week in the NHL. The defenceman received the accolade after registering two goals and 10 assists in four away games for Toronto Maple Leafs. The Czech player, who is 31, was credited with helping Toronto take points in all four games, though the club suffered three overtime losses.
In Sports News this Monday: Teplice remain top of the Czech football league, though Jablonec are in hot pursuit; remarkably, all of the latter’s eight victories this season have been by a single goal; champions Slavia Prague are under pressure, after only taking one point in four games; Czech soccer great František Veselý dies at 65; and in ice hockey’s Extraliga, new coach David Volek makes an immediate impact at Sparta Prague.
Czech hockey forward Vladimír Sobotka, who plays for Boston Bruins,
scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Edmonton
Oilers. The Bruins won the game 2:0.
In other NHL action, Toronto’s Tomáš Kaberle notched up a goal and three assists against the Montreal Canadiens, but it wasn’t enough for the win. Montreal sealed the game 5:4 in the final shootout. Nevertheless, Toronto’s Kabrle now ranks atop of the standings among defencemen: he has earned 17 points so far this year – 13 of them coming in the last five games.
Czech hockey forward Petr Sýkora has proven his worth back in the line-up
for the Minnesota Wild. Sýkora, who sat out the Wild’s last game,
once on Friday and earned one assist to help his team defeat the New York
Rangers by a score of 3:2.
In other NHL action, Tomáš Fleischmann scored two goals for Washington in a losing effort against the New York Islanders, who won 4:3 in overtime.
The Florida Panthers’ Rostislav Olesz scored the only goal in the shoot-out on Friday between the Panthers and Dallas, giving Florida a 6:5 win.
In ice hockey, there have been some big managerial changes in the league. Sparta Prague have sacked the managing tandem of Pavel Hynek and František Výborný. Výborný is heading to České Budějovice where first team coach Jan Tlačil has been sacked from his coaching post. The two teams have had poor results since the start of the season. Sparta lies ninth and České Budějovice tenth in the 14-strong league.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech footballer Milan Baroš could be out for two months after breaking a bone in his foot in a game for Galatasaray, while Marek Jankulovski is set for ankle surgery; Teplice remain on top of the Czech football league, despite dropping two points at České Budějovice; skier Šárka Záhrobská takes nul points from her first slalom event of the season; and after 20 rounds Třínec lead ice hockey’s Extraliga.
Hockey forward Aleš Hemský shined for the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday in the team’s match-up against Columbus in the NHL. The forward earned one goal and four assists. Edmonton took the victory by a score of 6:4. In other action, Aleš Kotalík scored once and got one assist for the Rangers against New Jersey to tie the game at two apiece after two periods. In the third period, though, the Devils struck back, scoring twice to take the game.
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