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The Czech national hockey team lost to Russia 0:2 on Sunday in the Stockholm group of the world championships in Sweden and Finland. The Russians struck first just 24 seconds after the start of the game, and then again at the start of the start period in a 5-3 power play. The Czechs were active in most of the game and took more shots at the goal than the opponents but could not overcome the excellent Russian goalie, Konstantin Barulin. The Czech will next play Germany on Tuesday.
Veteran Czech hockey player Petr Nedved helped the national squad overcome Latvia in their group stage match at the Ice Hockey World Championship on Thursday, scoring a crucial go-ahead goal in the third period to solidify Czech chances of securing a quarterfinal berth. The Czech Republic beat Latvia 3:1 in what proved to be a tough match in which both sides were long even. With the win, the Czech Republic moved to third spot in their group with 8 points, just behind Sweden and Russia who have 12 apiece.
Czech forward Martin Erat, whose team, the Nashville Predators, have been knocked out of the NHL playoffs, will on Friday join the Czech national team at the world championships in Sweden and Finland, a spokesman for the Czech Ice Hockey Association said. However, the national team will have to do without veteran Jaromír Jágr; his team, the Philadelphia Flyers, were also knocked out of the playoffs, but the 40-year-old player said he was too tired to join the national team in Sweden. The Czechs, who have had mixed results at the event so far, will next play Latvia on Thursday.
The Czech national hockey team has not been firing on all cylinders so far at the Ice Hockey World Championships hosted by Sweden and Finland. In three games, it won twice and lost once, but each match was a struggle, the last – against Denmark – came down to penalty shots. Can the squad turn things around moving forward – putting together a faster, more dynamic game?
The Czech Republic beat Norway 4:3 at the World Ice Hockey Championships on Monday night. After a penalty-riddled first period, Aleš Hemský scored two goals, including the shoot-out winner. Two other goals came from David Krejčí and Michal Frolík. The shoot-out in the Czech Republic vs. Norway game was the first of the 2012 IIHF. On Thursday, the Czech Republic faces Latvia.
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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.
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