The reigning world champions, the Czech ice hockey team, on Saturday beat Latvia 4-2 in their opening Group D match at the world championships currently underway in the Slovak city of Kosice. Striker Patrik Eliáš, of the New Jersey Devils, and Martin Havlat, of the Minnesota Wild, both collected a goal and an assist, while goalie Ondřej Pavelec made 22 saves. Czech defenseman Radek Martínek had to be carried off on a stretcher and taken to a Bratislava hospital for treatment. The Czechs will meet their next opponents, Denmark, on Monday.
The Czech Republic’s starting goalie at the Ice Hockey World
Championships, Ondřej Pavelec, has been told by officials to change part
of his equipment ahead of his first game. He will have to shorten his leg
pads which were reportedly a centimetre too long. The goalie expressed
surprise over the decision, saying the equipment was exactly the same as he
used in the championship last year in Germany and the same that he uses
regularly in the NHL.
The team’s coach Alois Hadamczik, meanwhile, has completed 18 names on the team roster with six spots left to fill. The team should now get added strength from overseas, including help from forward Tomáš Plekanec who arrives in Slovakia on Saturday. The team he plays for, the Montreal Canadiens, was eliminated in the NHL playoffs earlier this week.
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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