Hockey forward Milan Michálek will be the lone Czech player to take part in the NHL’s upcoming All-Star Game: he was nominated to the first six All-Star roster by fans; no other Czechs, not even Jaromír Jágr, made the cut. Michalek plays for the Ottawa Senators; the prestigious match-up is to take place in the Canadian capital on January 28.
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The junior Czech national hockey team on Thursday beat Slovakia 5:2 to finish fifth at the world championships in Canada. The Czechs, who saw their medal hopes crushed by the Russians in the quarter-finals, went ahead early on against the Slovaks, and were leading 3:0 by the end of the first period, and easily controlled the rest of the game. Fifth place is the best result for the junior Czech team in the last four years.
Czech hockey forward Jiří Hudler scored twice for the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday to help his club defeat the Dallas Stars by a score of 5:4. It was the second time in two games the forward scored and he also did so just ahead of his 28th birthday. The player was named the game’s first star. His first goal came in the 18th minute when he deflected a shot by Valtteri Filppula into net to give Detroit a 2:0 lead; he scored again a minute before the end of the first period to make it 3:1.
The Czech national squad lost to Russia 2:1 in overtime at the quarterfinals of the world junior hockey championships in Canada on Monday. The Czechs put up one of their best performance of the tournament, going ahead in the 28th minute. But the Russian team soon equalized. The game went into overtime but the Czech goalie failed to block a shot from the blue-line area. The Czechs will now play Slovakia for the 5th spot.
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Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4:2 win on Thursday over his former club in the NHL the Pittsburgh Penguins (with whom he earned two Stanley Cup rings back in the early 1990s). The player scored what nhl.com described as a “stellar” goal against the Penguins in front of a tough and “energised” crowd. The Czech news site idnes, meanwhile, reported that Penguins fans booed the star Czech player but that Jágr joked after the game that he thought they were chanting they loved him. After scoring, the player skated to the glass where he ‘saluted’ – a famous gesture used in the past by Jágr that Penguins fans no doubt recognised.
The Czech national hockey team beat Russia 4:3 after penalty shoot-out to claim second place at the Chanel One Cup, the Moscow’s leg of the Euro Hockey Tour. The Czech took an early lead when Roman Červenka scored after 31 seconds of the game. But the Russians soon equalized, and were leading 3:2 by the end of the second period. With some 13 minutes to go, Tomáš Rolinek set the score at 3:3 and took the game to over time and penalty shootouts. There, Zbyněk Irgl converted all of his three penalties, ensuring the Czech team’s victory. The Czechs finished second at the Channel One Cup, and rank third in the overall standings of the Euro Hockey League.
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