In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs lose 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona – Radek Štěpánek says the Spanish deserved their victory; injury-dogged Tomáš Rosický is “devastated” after picking up a groin strain that will see him sidelined for around a month; and Plzeň move to the top of the ice hockey Extraliga.
Florida Panthers’ Czech goaltender Tomáš Vokoun was taken off the ice on a stretcher during an NHL game against Atlanta Thrashers on Monday, after accidentally being hit in the head by the stick of team-mate Keith Ballard. Ballard had evidently meant to hit the goal in frustration after Florida conceded, but missed and hit Vokoun instead. The goalie sustained a cut to his ear but was alert when he was taken to hospital, according to a spokesperson for the club.
Czech hockey forward Patrik Eliáš racked up two goals and two assists to
help the New Jersey Devils down the New York Islanders on Saturday. The
Devils won the lopsided match by a score of 6:1.
In other action, the Bruins’ David Krejčí scored a goal and earned one assist against Ottawa. Boston won the game 4:3 on penalties. Despite his team’s loss, the Senators’ Michálek also had a memorable game, earning an assist and scoring two goals – the last coming just 20 seconds before the end of the 3rd period, forcing extra time.
Several clubs of the Kontinetal Hockey League eye Vladimír Růžička, the coach of the Czech national hockey team and Salvia Prague, the Czech daily Sport reported on Saturday. Mr Růžička, who won gold as player the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998, led the Czech team to the world title in 2005. His contract at Slavia expires this year. According to Sport, the clubs that are interested in the Czech coach include SKA Saint Petersburg, AK Bars Kazan and Dynamo Moscow.
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.
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