Legendary Czech forward Jaromír Jágr confirmed he was retiring from international hockey on Sunday shortly after the national team’s defeat by Sweden at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The Czech Republic finished outside the medals in the tournament, losing 3-0 in the bronze medal match. Jágr played for his country five times at the Winter Olympics, including the 2014 Sochi Games, and eight times at the World Championships. He won Olympic gold in 1998 and bronze in 2006 and gold at the Worlds in 2005 and 2010. The 42-year-old forward will continue to play in the NHL after resigning for one year with the New Jersey Devils.
The Czech national hockey team finished outside of the medals at the Ice Hockey World Championships on Sunday, losing to Sweden in the bronze medal match. Although the Czechs were active throughout, hitting the post twice and deflecting a shot which hit the opposing goaltender’s mask, they were not able to get on the scoreboard. For the second-straight game they lost 3:0. Sunday’s match may be Jaromír Jágr’s last for the national squad: the legendary player told TSN some time ago that the would not be back next year. In 2015, the worlds are being held in Prague and Ostrava.
The Czech Republic were beaten 3:0 by Finland in the semi-finals of the Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus on Saturday evening. The Czechs conceded a single goal in the first and second periods before a strike from the Finns late in the game ended all hope of a Czech comeback. Vladimír Ružička's team will now face Sweden in a game to decide third place.
In the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday, scoring in overtime. In OT, Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec picked up an assist on the winning play: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundquist couldn’t control the rebound off Plekanec's shot and the puck was struck into the net by Galchenyuk. The final score was 3-2 in Montreal’s favour. The Habs needed the win to get back in the series: they still trail the Rangers 2-1 in the best-of-seven.
As much as the Czech national hockey team would like to be firing on all cylinders at the World Championships in Minsk, the bottom line is that the squad has been less than convincing. On Tuesday, Jágr and co. faced France, the Cinderella story of the tournament, and only just came out ahead, edging the French 5-4 in overtime.
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The Czech national hockey team lost to Denmark 4:3 at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk on Saturday in a dramatic game. The Czech squad went ahead early on in the first quarter with Jakub Klepiš and Jaromír Jágr scoring in quick succession. The Danes responded with a fast, aggressive game scoring their first goal before the end of the first quarter. A third goal from Jakub Kyndl in the third quarter briefly gave the Czechs a two score lead but hopes of a secure victory were unexpectedly dashed by a dramatic second and third goal from Denmark just four minutes before the end of the game. The game was decided in a penalty shootout. The Czech squad was dogged by health problems with several players fighting off flu symptoms and Tomáš Hertl out of the game against Denmark for health reasons.
The Czech national hockey team, backstopped by goalie Alexander Salák, will face Denmark and Norway at the ice hockey worlds at the weekend. Both matches are crucial to clinching a spot in the quarterfinals. Questions remain about who will get the start in offence, as members of the team have been hit by stomach flu or have come down with colds. Tomáš Hertl, Jiří Hudler and Vladimír Sobotka are all doubtful for the next match. The Czech squad is currently third in Group A, behind Sweden and Canada.
The Czech Republic have beaten Italy 2:0 at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus. The Czechs’ victory on Wednesday came thanks to goals from Jiří Sekáč and Jaromír Jágr, with one each in the second and third periods. The result leaves the Czech Republic on six points after four games in Group A. Their next match is against Denmark on Saturday.