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The Czech national hockey team was soundly beaten in its second outing at the World Ice Hockey Championships. The Czechs were downed 4:1 by Sweden, with the Swedes winning each period. The Czechs were only able to get on the scoreboard in the 3rd. After the final whistle, Czech forward David Krejčí shrugged off the loss saying that the team had gelled better than in the opener, indicating it still had a chance to go far. ‘Powerhouse’ Sweden, meanwhile, is being regarded as one of the tournament favourites.
The Czech Republic won its opening game at the world championships underway in Sweden and Finland. On Friday, the hockey team defeated rivals Denmark by a score of 2:0. Czech goalie Jakub Kovář, who premiered in his first big tournament, stopped 26 shots in the match-up; the Montreal Canadiens’ Tomáš Plekanec assisted on both goals. Aleš Hemský got the Czechs on the scoreboard with seconds left in the second period, while Petr Tenkrát added a second goal in the third. The Danes, although tough defensively, were unable to respond.
Defense player Zbyněk Michálek will not be joining the Czech team at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Finland and Sweden. Michálek, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has to undergo a hip surgery and therefore cannot support the Czech national representation. Coach Alois Hadamczik told press on Friday that Michálek was very disappointed and hopes to join the national team in the future.
The Czech national hockey team on Thursday left Prague for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Finland and Sweden. Coach Alois Hadamczik is waiting to hear from defense player Zbynek Michálek, who has been having issues with his hip and may not be able to join the Czech ranks at the championship. The coach has said that he anticipates the Czech Republic’s first match, against Denmark, will not be an easy one. He added that he and the team were looking forward to the challenge.
The Czech Ice Hockey Association on Wednesday said Alois Hadamczik will coach the national team until June 2015. The 59-year-old coach worked with the team between 2005 and 2008 and again since 2010, won the bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and silver medals at the world championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2015, the world championship will be hosted by the Czech Republic.
Czech hockey players Marek Kvapil, Filip Novák and Jakub Klepiš have won the Kontinental Hockey League title with Dynamo Moscow. Klepiš scored the winning goal in game seven of the best-of-seven final series in which Moscow beat Avantgard Omsk 1:0. Two Czechs were on the roster of runners-up Omsk: Martin Škoula and Roman Červenka who also became the KHL playoffs’ most productive player with 11 goals and 11 assists.
In Sports news this Monday: Pardubice win the Czech hockey league playoffs; in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers with Jaromír Jágr knock Pittsburgh out of the Stanley Cup playoffs; in football, three teams compete for the title with four rounds to go; and in tennis, the Czech Republic’s women’s team beats Italy to reach the Fed Cup finals.
In Sports News: In football, Sparta Prague stumble in the Gambrinus liga, drawing 2:2 draw against visitors Teplice; Petr Čech and London club Chelsea reach the FA Cup final; Pardubice square series against Kometa Brno in Tipsport Extraliga finals; Jágr earns three assists in win that puts Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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