In other NHL action, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondřej Palát forced what
NHL.com called the save of the year from Montreal Canadiens' goalie
Carey Price although 2018 is only a few days old.
Jumping on a rebound from Price, Palát shot at what appeared to be an open net. Somehow, the Montreal goaltender managed a “roll over save” and to get his skate in front of the puck.
The clutch back-to-back saves, which came in overtime, allowed the Habs to win the game in a shootout, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr was not on the roster for Thursday
night’s game between the Calgary Flames and the L.A. Kings. The
45-year-old star veteran, who has been dogged by a groin injury this
season, was not listed as injured but did not take part in the skate and
Flames’ coach Glen Gulutzan said more information would be made available on Friday. He told the press that, looking at Jágr’s career, it had not happened often that the player had had to miss games.
No. 68 recently played in his 1,731st NHL match, tying Ron Francis in third sport for most NHL matches. Gordie Howe has the record for most played, followed by Mark Messier.
In hockey, the Czech junior team lost in the semi-finals of the world
championships to Canada.
The Czechs went down 2:7. They will play again on Friday for the third place position against the United States, which is hosting the championships.
The Czechs will be seeking their first medal in the championships since the bronze achieved in the 2005 competition. Canada faces Sweden in the final on Saturday.
In ice hockey, the Czech team ended a long series of defeats against Canada
with the Channel One Cup tie in Moscow on Friday night. The Czechs won 4:1,
ending a series of eight defeats in head to head confrontations.
The win means the Czechs now head the tournament with five points. The last match will be against Sweden on Sunday.
A family firm from the Czech Republic will provide nearly 10,000 hockey
pucks to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. The company GUFEX,
located in Kateřinice in north Moravia, began producing pucks in 1994.
Since then, they have been used at all significant tournaments of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Winter Olympic Games, World Championship and other international tournaments. The company currently produces around 1.2 million pucks a year.
In this week's Sports News: Jessica Kordová finishes second in LPGA tournament finals; Martina Sablíková comes in third at the last day of the second stage of the ISU World Cup season; Czech Tomáš Nosek is the only Czech standing in busy day for NHL; and the world of sport mourns the death of tennis legend Jana Novotná.