In ice hockey, the Czech team lost 3:4 in the world championship game against Finland on Wednesday night. After taking a 3:1 lead, the under strength Czechs were made to pay for the high number of fouls committed during the game. It is the first defeat by the team in the championships so far. The result left the Czechs second in group D and facing a Thursday quarterfinal tie against the strong Canadians.
The Czech Republic has beaten Norway 5:2 in the team’s second game at the ice hockey world championships in Switzerland on Monday evening. Goals were scored by Marek, Čajánek, Vašíček, Blaťák and Klepiš. The win follows the Czechs’ victory over Denmark 5:0 on Sunday, the team’s final match in the group stages of the competition will be against Finland on Wednesday. The Czech Republic has won the tournament on five occasions, the last being in 2005.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s tennis team come close to reaching their first Fed Cup final in over two decades before suffering a total collapse against the US in the doubles; the Czech Republic make a solid start at the world ice hockey championships, beating Denmark 5:0; football goalkeeper Petr Čech makes 13th in a rich list of Premiership players under 30; and Jakub Smrž reaches the podium in the Superbike World Championship for the first time in his career.
The Czech Republic made light work of Denmark in their first game at the ice hockey world championships in Switzerland on Saturday night, winning 5:0. While Jaromír Jágr scored a goal and added two assists, the star forward was beaten to the man of the match award by 22-year-old goaltender Jakub Štěpánek, who justified his selection by keeping a clean sheet in his first match at a world championships. He and his team-mates next line out on Monday afternoon, when they take on Norway. The Czech Republic have won the tournament on five occasions, the last coming in 2005.
Dominik Hašek is nothing less than an ice hockey legend – six time Vezina trophy winner, holder of the Olympic gold and two Stanley Cup rings. Now, the goaltender nicknamed the Dominator is back. On Tuesday Hašek confirmed he would return to the ice next season. This time not in the NHL, but in the Czech Extraliga.
In ice hockey, legendary Czech ’keeper Dominik Hašek announced a comeback to the sport on Tuesday. The 44 year old said at a news conference that he will team up with former extra league club Pardubice for the upcoming season. He added that one of the goals for the next season could be participation in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The hero of the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998 and twice winner of the Stanley Cup last played for Pardubice 15 years ago. The east Bohemian outfit was his first major club and he helped them it to win the championship in 1987 and 1989.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic impress in their final game before the ice hockey World Championships; legendary goaltender Dominik Hašek, 44, is said to be close to joining home town club Pardubice; the Czech women’s team prepare to face the US in the Fed Cup semi-finals, with worries Petra Kvitová may miss the tie through injury; and Zdeněk Grygera salvages a point for Juve, while Petr Čech reaches the FA Cup at the end of a nightmare week.
In hockey, the Detroit Red Wings lead Columbus two games to none in their best-of-seven series in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Czech forward Jiří Hudler scored Detroit’s final goal on Saturday to see the club take the game 4:0. The goal is Hudler’s second in the NHL playoffs this year.
In Sports News this Tuesday: Karlovy Vary records an historic ice hockey championship triumph; Slavia draw in the Prague football derby to take another step towards the title; there’s no rush to fill the Czech national football manager’s vacant spot; and a Czech tennis player humbles the mighty Serena Williams.
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