Sports News: In football, Jablonec, Liberec and Plzeň all secure wins to inch closer to league leaders Sparta Prague; Chelsea – with Petr Čech – lose 1:0 against QPR; hockey goalie Chábera earns a shut-out against Sparta, while in the NHL Vokoun notches up his sixth straight win with the Washington Capitals; and, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová will face tough opponents in her group in the WTA Championships.
Hockey goalie Tomáš Vokoun is on a roll as his Washington Capitals remain undefeated this season. Vokoun notched his sixth win in a row on Saturday as his team downed the Detroit Red Wings. The goalie, who joined Washington this year, stopped 32 shots and allowed just one goal. Washington crushed Detroit 7:1. In other action, Ottawa’s Milan Michálek, also on a streak, scored the winner against Columbus at 59:55 of the 3rd period. Ottawa took the game 4:3.
In Sport News this Monday: in football, the Czech national team beats Lithuania to earn a Euro 2012 playoff place while Sparta Prague suffer first league defeat of the season; in tennis, Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová takes her fifth WTA title while the Czech women’s team prepares for Fed Cup final; and in cyclocross, world champion finishes third in the World Cup opener.
In the NHL, Czech hockey veteran Jaromír Jágr had an assist in the Philadelphia Flyers’ first home game of the season in which the hosts beat the Vancouver Canucks 5:4 on Wednesday. Another Czech player on the Flyers’ roster, forward Jakub Voráček, scored a goal in the game, his second in the season. 39-year-old Jágr, who returned to the NHL this year after three seasons in the Russian KHL, said he was able to play in his own style in the game. In the three games of the season, the veteran forward scored two assists and took seven shots on goal.
Czech hockey goalie Tomáš Vokoun, playing in his first match for his new team the Washington Capitals, described the game against Tampa Bay as his “worst in five years”, Mladá fronta Dnes has reported. The seasoned goaltender – who won the World Championship with the Czech team in 2010 – allowed two goals on the first three shots and altogether Tampa led four times in the game before Washington tied it, forcing overtime. Vokoun then kept his cool during the scoreless extra period and during the penalty shots (saving one) to see Washington win 6:5. Afterwards he was praised by the coach for “mental toughness”. Washington also won its first game of the season two days earlier: 4:3 against the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime. Fellow Czech Michal Neuwirth had netminding duties during that match.
In the National Hockey League, Ottawa Senator Milan Michálek scored once
and earned an assist in his team’s pre-season match against Montreal on
Saturday. Ottawa won 3:2, after losing 4:3 to the Canadiens on Friday in
the first of their back-to-back match-ups.
In other action, Martin Erat scored for Nashville on Saturday in a 4:3 win over the Winnipeg Jets, while Pavel Kubina scored for Tampa against Florida: Tampa won 5:3.
Czech hockey legend Jaromír Jágr has played his first match since returning to the NHL. Playing for his new team the Philadelphia Flyers in the pre-season, he earned an assist and scored the game-winning goal against the Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers were the visiting team. Jágr’s performance was highly praised by team coach Peter Laviolette. The Czech forward was more critical, telling reporters jovially afterwards that the game was “fast”, adding that he needed to improve.
Hundreds of people said their last farewell to Czech ice hockey star Jan
Marek, who was killed in the tragic Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash last
week, in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in his native
Jindřichův Hradec on Friday. The farewell ceremony was open to the public
for two hours. Hundreds of fans crowded into the church to lay down flowers
and sign a book of condolences. At noon, a memorial service was held for
close friends and family only. It was broadcast live for those who could
not attend it.
Jan Marek was one of three Czech ice hockey players who lost their lives when a Yak-42 plane caught fire shortly after take-off from the Russian Yaroslavl airport. All forty-three players were killed in the crash.
Hockey fans gathered in Zlín on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Czech hockey star Karel Rachunek who died in last week’s tragic plane crash in Russia. Over a thousand people stood in pouring rain on the town’s main square for an open-air memorial ceremony to the 2010 gold medalist. The funeral at 2pm in the hockey star’s home town was private.
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