In Sports News: speed skater Martina Sáblíková breaks her own world record in the women’s 5,000 metres; for first time in four efforts Záhrobská fails to win medal in Alpine World Cup Skiing Championships; Czech hockey clubs gear up for the playoffs; in the NHL, hockey forward Patrik Eliáš racks up milestone 800 pts; football’s Skácel scores 9th goal of season for Edinburgh; Petr Čech’s Chelsea are knocked out of FA Cup.
Czech hockey forward Aleš Hemský scored twice for Edmonton on Thursday in the Oilers’ match up against the Montreal Canadiens. The players scored the opening goal of the game on a wrist shot and also scored the game’s last, an empty net goal with less than a minute remaining. The Habs managed only one goal on the night, with Roman Hamrlík earning an assist. The final score was 4:1.
The Czech national hockey team was able to clinch only one point in the Euro Hockey Tour in Sweden, finishing last. After losing heavily to Sweden, then to Finland in overtime, the Czechs also lost their final match against Russia. The score was 4:2. Both the team’s captain, as well as the coach, expressed deep disappointment over the team’s overall play in the tournament.
Montreal Canadiens forward Tomáš Plekanec scored his 19th goal of the season in the NHL on Thursday but it wasn’t enough to help his team defeat the New York Islanders. His goal in the second period gave the Habs the go-ahead (3:2), but the Islanders were able to tie in the 3rd and won on penalties. In productivity Plekanec is only one point behind current top Czech player Martin Havlát.
The Czech national hockey team lost 6:1 to Sweden in Stockholm on Thursday, in another leg of the Euro Hockey Tour. The Czechs were only able keep up with the hosts in the first period when Petr Průcha scored the Czech team’s only goal. But serious flaws in defense allowed the Swedes to build an unassailable lead. The Czechs were missing some key players but showed one of their worst performances this season. The Czech national team will play Finland and Russia over the weekend.
Jaromír Jágr and Roman Červenka, Czech forwards with the KHL side Avantgard Omsk, both hit the net in Wednesday’s game Khabarovsk, ensuring a 3:2 win for Omsk, the club’s 14th consecutive victory. Červenka scored both the first and the winning goal, and was both times assisted by Jágr who put in the second goal. Červenka is the league’s top scorer with 31 goals.
Litvínov coach Robert Reichel has stepped down over a series of poor results. On Sunday, the club announced that 54-year-old Vladimír Kýhos will replace Mr Reichel, 39, who was on the Czech national team that won gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Litvínov, ranking 11th in the top Czech hockey division, are four points behind the 10th place that ensures a spot in the playoffs qualifying round.
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