Pittsburgh forward Petr Sýkora notched up his first NHL career hat-trick
on Thursday in the Penguins’ 9:2 romp over the New York Islanders.
Dupuis also had a hat-trick on the night. Sýkora has come close to
hat-tricks before, scoring twice on 38 different occasions - but the key
third goal had eluded him until now.
In other action, Columbus forward Jakub Voráček scored the decider in penalties against Nashville, the final score 2:1. And, Zbyněk Michálek scored the opening goal of the night for Phoenix against Minnesota. Phoenix went on to win 3:1.
Czech scorers left their mark in NHL action on Thursday, racking up a number of goals in league games. Phoenix’s young center forward Martin Hanzal earned his first hat-trick to lead the Coyotes to a 6:3 win over Toronto, while David Krejčí scored the winner for Boston 3:1 over Tampa Bay. Other Czechs who scored on the night included Patrick Eliáš and Petr Sýkora in their respective games.
Czech centre Jiří Hudler scored a winning goal for the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday in their 5:2 win over Calgary. This was his fourth score in the last three games. Colorado’s Milan Hejduk opened the score in a game against Los Angeles, and he scored another goal at the shoot-out which secured the Avalanche’s victory of 4:3. In the Continental Hockey League, Jakub Klepiš scored all three goals for Russia’s Osmk in a win over Voskresensk.
In Sports News this Monday: Olympic champion and javelin world record holder Barbora Špotáková is, entirely predictably, named Czech Athlete of the Year; Slavia Prague get off to a losing start in the UEFA Cup group stage – Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry tells us it was a game of two halves; and the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players finish second in Finland’s Karjala Cup.
The Czech ice hockey team were beaten 1:0 on penalties by Russia in their final game at the Karjala Cup in Helsinki on Sunday. Victory would have given the Czechs their first triumph in the opening event of the Euro Hockey Tour for the first time since 2002. In their previous two games they lost to the hosts Finland and beat Sweden.
The Czech Republic beat Sweden 4:1 in ice hockey’s Karjala Cup on Saturday. The Czechs were trailing 1:0 after the first two periods before rallying strongly in the third. In their opening game on Thursday the Czech Republic lost 4:3 to the hosts Finland on penalties. Their next and final game in Helsinki is against Russia on Sunday.
The Czech national ice hockey team thrashed Slovakia 7:0 on Tuesday night, in a game commemorating 100 years of the Czech Ice Hockey Association. Goals were scored by Jaromír Jágr and Roman Červenka among others in the course of the friendly, which took place in Prague’s O2 Arena. Shortly before the match, some 41 Czech ice hockey legends were inducted into the country’s Hall of Fame, which is also housed in the Prague stadium. The Czech team’s victory sets them in good stead for this week’s Karjala tournament in Helsinki, where they are set to play Russia, Sweden, and home nation Finland.
Tuesday is a real red letter day for Czech sports fans, as a number of special events are being held to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czech Ice Hockey Association. The celebrations include the induction of dozens of people into the Czech hockey Hall of Fame, and culminate with a friendly game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Prague.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s handball team scores a famous victory over the Olympic champions France in a European Championships qualifier in Brno; the Czech Republic play Slovakia on Tuesday in a friendly game to mark 100 years of ice hockey in this part of the world; in football, Slavia concede their first goal at Eden this season, though two strikes from wonder-boy Necid gives them a 2:1 win over Brno; and the greatest Czech sumo wrestler ever calls it a day.
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