With just a few days before the start of the hockey world championships in Slovakia, the Czech national team has shown good form. The Czechs beat Finland and Russia at the Czech Hockey Games held in Brno over the weekend, and although they lost their last game to Sweden, the team’s promising performance raises hopes the team will be able to defend last year’s world title.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team lost to Sweden 4:2 in Brno on Sunday, in the final game of the Czech Hockey Games. The Czechs had a better start but the Swedes won the second period 2:0 and their great defence did not allow any further goals. Jaromír Jágr scored his second goal for the national team this season, after marking four points in the match against Russia. Regardless of the loss, the Czech won the tournament after beating Finland and Russia. In their final preparatory game ahead of the world championships in Slovakia, the Czechs are facing Canada on Wednesday.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team is facing Sweden in on Sunday, as part of the Czech Hockey Games, a preparatory tournament for the upcoming world championships in Slovakia. Regardless of the game’s result, the Czech won the tournament after beating Finland 2:1 on Friday and Russia 6:3 on Saturday. Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said the team’s first line with Jaromír Jágr, Roman Červenka and Petr Průcha played well together; another star, Patrik Eliáš, has already joined the team but will probably leave out Sunday’s match against Sweden.
The Czech Republic’s national hockey team beat Russia 6:3 in Brno on Saturday, in a preparatory game ahead of the world championships. The 39-year-old Czech star forward Jaromír Jagr scored one goal and three assists in the game, to the delight of the cheering crowds in Brno’s sold-out Rondo arena. The Czechs showed one of the season’s performances, with a great showing by goalie Ondřej Pavelec. The Czech Republic will play Sweden on Sunday before heading to the world championships in Slovakia that kick off on Friday.
In hockey, the NHL playoffs continued on Tuesday, with the Chicago Blackhawks staving off elimination in style by crushing the Vancouver Canucks. The Blackhawks won the game 7:2, also having gotten a goal and two assists from Czech forward Michael Frolík. Frolík was also named the game’s third star. Chicago still have a tough hill to climb, now down 3:1 in the best-of-seven series.
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Atlanta goalie Ondřej Pavelec kept the New Yorker Rangers off the scoreboard in their Thursday matchup, stopping 29 shots to earn his fourth shutout of the regular season. Atlanta are out of playoff contention but the win complicated the situation for the Rangers as the season wraps up: New York is in the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference and will need a win in the final game to qualify.
HC Oceláři Třinec beat HC Vítkovice Steel 5:2 on Monday night in the first game of the Czech hockey league play-off finals to take a lead in the best-of-seven series. Visitors Vítkovice did well in the game and withstood the initial pressure by the hosts, but Třinec’s power-plays were highly effective. In the 12th minute, Martin Růžička opened the scoring, breaking a 19-year-old record for the best scoring player in the playoffs. In the second period, Třinec added two more power-play goals two minutes apart. Vítkovice then narrowed the gap to 3:1 but did not find enough strength to turn the game around, allowing Třinec to score the first ever win the final series. The finals continue on Tuesday.
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