Czech forward Tomáš Hertl scored one of two San Jose Shark goals on Monday in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens outshot the Sharks 41:26 and got the game-winning goal from Nick Bonino late in the third period. The goal came with 2:33 remaining. The final score was 3:2.
Canadian writer Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has ranked the Czech Republic’s national hockey team eighth out of eight squads to compete in the prestigious World Cup of Hockey this September. The power rankings were released after the rosters for the competition were finalised; a disclaimer in the article reminds readers not to take the rankings as predictions; rather they can be interpreted as a summary of teams’ overall strengths and weaknesses. Campbell expressed the opinion that Czechs were weakest when it came to defense but had several “serviceable” NHL forwards. He praised as “good” the goalies Michal Neuwirth and Petr Mrázek. On the list, the Czech squad boasts the second-fewest Stanley Cup rings (although a San Jose Sharks win this year would add two). Czech coach Josef Jandač, meanwhile, told idnes.cz that the team saw the situation neither bleakly nor with rose-coloured glasses, saying they knew they could only surprise.
Ice hockey star Jaromír Jágr will not join the Czech squad for the sport’s World Cup in September. The Florida forward, who is 44, informed the Czech Republic’s general manager Martin Ručinský of his decision at the weekend, the newspaper Sport reported on Tuesday. Though Jágr officially retired from international hockey last year Ručinský and new trainer Josef Jandač hoped to persuade him to take part in the tournament in Toronto.
Czech Tampa Bay Lightning back Andrej Šustr scored his first goal in the club’s Stanley Cup campaign. Šustr scored to make the score 2:0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tampa then build up a 4:0 lead by the end of the second period but Pittsburgh came back with three goals in the final period. Tampa’s win levels the Eastern Conference series at 2:2.
Expectations were low at first but grew as the group stage advanced. And most Czechs probably thought they had a better than even chance of reaching the ice hockey World Championship semi-finals and a chance of the medals by overcoming the United States. But a penalty shoot-out following a tense quarter-final match decided otherwise and the Czechs are now on their way home.
The Czech team have been knocked out of the Ice Hockey World Championship, after suffering a 2-1 defeat to the US in in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Czechs opened the scoring with Tomáš Zohorna in the 15th minute, but Auston Matthews equalled the score at the start of the second period. The game remained tied after overtime and was decided by penalty shootouts.
The Czech national hockey team edged Switzerland in their final preliminary
group match at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia on Tuesday. The
final score was 5-4. The Czechs had led 2-1 after the first two periods but
the Swiss roared back in the 3rd to make a match of it. The Czechs face the
United States in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.
In seven matches in the preliminary round, the Czechs lost only once (in a penalty shootout against Denmark) and felled powerhouse teams such as Russia and Sweden. Fans, iDnes reported, have launched an online petition for coach Vladimír Vůjtek to stay on after the end of the championship; he is to be succeeded in the post by current assistant coach Josef Jandač.
In Sports News this Monday: After five wins in succession at ice hockey worlds Czechs suffer surprise defeat to Denmark; Rosický leaves Arsenal amid speculation of Sparta move; Olomouc owner suggests refereeing conspiracy following final day relegation; and Berdych parts company with coach Vallverdu.
The Czech Republic suffered a surprise defeat to Denmark at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Russia on Sunday. Previously undefeated in five matches in the competition, the Czechs took the lead in the second period through Tomáš Plekanec but ended up losing 2:1 after a shootout. The Czech Republic will face Switzerland in their final Group A game on Tuesday afternoon.
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