The Czech Rebuplic is not playing around.
With a defense made of the following
Zbynek Michalek – Pittsburgh Penguins
Marek Zidlicky – Minnesota Wild
Radek Martinek – New York Islanders
And the forwards…
Tomas Plekanec – Montreal Canadiens
Jakub Voracek – Columbus Blue Jackets
Milan Michalek – Ottawa Senators
Michael Frolik – Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils
Rounded off with Goal –
Ondrej Pavelec – Atlanta Thrashers
Not too far from an All Star roster if you ask me. Better yet, why don’t we look at the IIHF so far. The Czech Republic has not yet lost a point and, after meeting with the recently delivered Hockey God, Ovechkin, Russia was not able to put a dent in the Czech record either. And it seems as though, of all countries that could, Russia would be first in line.
Even after dirty play and injured players, with Artukhin dishing out 3 boarding and head shots in one shift, eventually taking Milan Michalek out of the game, only later to follow it up with a hit on Karel Rachunek that would send Rachunek flying and needing to leave the ice to tend to his wounds, still the Czech Republic held on to win it.
The Czech Republic currently sits second in line for the scoring efficiency, at 11.45% just 3.46% behind Norway. They have the highest Penalty Kill % at 100% and currently sit at the very top with goalkeeping with 102 shots on goal, 97 saves, for an average of 1.25 goals a game and a % of 95.10…not to be biased or anything but P-A-V-S, PAVS PAVS PAVS!!
Tomorrow Czech Republic will finish off the preliminary rounds with a match-up against Germany.
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