In Sports News this Monday: Kvitová’s resurgence continues with WTA Elite Trophy win – Fed Cup trainer hopes it will also help deliver fifth title in six years against France next weekend; Sparta fall further behind in title race as Dočkal sees red; and reasons to be cheerful despite defeat to Russians in Karjala Tournament.
Tomáš Plekanec scored his first goal of the season for the Montreal
Canadiens at the weekend to help the Habs edge the Philadelphia Flyers by a
score of 5-4. Michal Neuvirth was in goal for the losing side.
Florida Panthers winger Jaromír Jágr is considered day-to-day after exiting a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals with a groin injury at the weekend. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant confirmed that the Czech player felt a cramp in his groin during the first period and had not felt well enough to return.
In ice hockey, the Czech team beat Finland 5:4 in the second Karjala Cup tie in Helsinki on Saturday night. Five goals came from Holík, Polášek, Jeřábek, Rutta and Radil. The Czech team will face Russia in the final game on Sunday. In the last three Karjala Cup competitions, in which Finland also plays, the Czechs have come in the last, fourth, place.
In ice hockey, the Czech team started with a winning 6:3 victory against Sweden in the first Karjala Cup tie in Plzeň on Thursday night. Five goals came from the formation of Radil, Kovář, and Kubalík. The Czechs went ahead in the first minute with a goal from Jeřabek and never allowed the Swedes to draw level. In the last three Karjala Cup competitions, in which Finland and Russia also play, the Czechs have come in the last, fourth, place.
NHL forward Jiří Tlustý, 28, is bound for the Finnish Elite League after signing a deal with Liiga’s Karpat club. Last season the winger notched four points in 30 games with the New Jersey Devils. Originally selected thirteenth overall in the 2006 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tlustý played in 446 NHL regular season games since his debut in 2007-08.
Jaromír Jágr reached a career milestone on Thursday, scoring his 750th NHL goal, putting him third on the league’s all-time scoring list, behind only Gordie Howe (who scored 801) and Wayne Gretzky (894). The Kladno-native is also third on the list of career points, 17 points shy of Mark Messier (1,887).
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