In Sports News: Defending champions Czech Republic reach Fed Cup win over Franc in semi-finals – non-playing captain Pála says team are just as hungry as before first title; Třinec keep playoffs alive after equalising against Litvínov with 36 seconds to go; and no “bounce” for Sparta after replacing Lavička with Ščasný.
Hockey goaltender Petr Mrázek may have been phenomenal in the Red Wings
opening game in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning,
but was less than stellar on Saturday when he allowed four goals on 18
shots. He was pulled after allowing the fourth; the Lightening went on to
win 5:1. Mrázek will reportedly return for Game 3. The series is currently
tied at one apiece.
The Winnipeg Jets' Ondřej Pavelec, meanwhile, stopped 37 shots on Saturday but his team still lost by a score of 2:1 against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Forward Tomáš Plekanec contributed in the Montreal Canadiens' win
against the Ottawa Senators on Friday, assisting on the game-winning goal
in their second match-up of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The teams went into
overtime tied at two apiece; Alex Galchenyuk scored at 3:40 in the extra
period. The Habs lead the best-of-seven series 2:0. The next game takes
place in Ottawa.
In other action, Radim Vrbata scored once for the Vancouver Canucks against the Calgary Flames. Vancouver won the game 4:1, squaring their first-round series at one apiece.
Czech ice hockey legend Jaroslav Holík, who helped Czechoslovakia win a hockey world title and an Olympic bronze medal, has died at the age of 72. The forward scored 57 goals for Czechoslovakia in his 142 international games. He also led his country's under-20 team to world titles in 2000 and 2001 as a coach. The Czech ice hockey federation made the announcement on Friday, saying that he died after battling an unspecified, long-term illness.
Czech Minister of Education Marcel Chládek said he will examine all state subsidies granted to hockey between the years 2012 and 2014. The announcement came on Wednesday as a reaction to a suspicion that the Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička is guilty of bribe-taking. The trainer was accused of accepting CZK 500,000 from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague, where he also coaches. The head of the Czech ice hockey federation Tomáš Král found the minister’s statement “humourous”, adding that a control has just been carried out, finding no shortcomings.
In a little over two weeks the national hockey team will begin its campaign to try and secure a medal at home at the Ice Hockey World Championships being hosted by Czech Republic. All eyes are on the national squad coach Vladimír Růžička but unfortunately nor only for positive reasons: he has come under scrutiny following an allegation he accepted a bribe while coaching domestic league club Slavia. Police are examining video released online to learn if a crime was committed. Jan Velinger has the details.
A criminal complaint of corruption has been filed against Czech national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růžička, TV Nova’s website reported. The complaint was made by businessman Jiří Jehlička. He says the trainer may be guilty of bribe-taking, fraud and breach of trust in connection with a sum of CZK 500,000 he is alleged to have accepted from a man to allow his son to play for Slavia Prague, where he also coaches. Mr. Růžička said on Monday that the money was a contribution from a sponsor.
Czech forward Tomas Plekanec ended the regular season with 60 points – 26 goals and 34 assists – for the Montreal Canadiens, tying him with defenceman P.K. Subban. Plekanec also was the team’s top goal-scorer after Max Pacioretty, who notched up 38. In the last game of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens defeated Toronto in overtime by a score of 4:3. The win saw the Habs clinch the Atlantic Division title. The team faces Ottawa in their opening game of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Wednesday.
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