Friday, September 03, 2004


The Germans and Czechs held each other scoreless in the first period in this morning's World Cup of Hockey tilt in Prague, but then the Czechs exploded like everyone knew they were capable of doing.

Olaf Kolzig was given rest by the German team, and Robert Muller started in net. Tomas Vokoun manned the net once again for the Czechs.

I'm feeling a bit lazy, so I'll give you some semi-raw notes. The times given are approximate.

18:38 Muller gloves Patrik Elias

The Germans were looking for big things out of their Martin Havlat/Elias/David Vyborny line. Marcel Goc of the San Jose Sharks was a healthy scratch for the Germans today. Luckily, Milan Hejduk was not a scratch for the Czechs.

14:52 Hejduk into the pads; Czechs getting lots of shots early

Germans get by on work ethic, but come up short eventually on talent

5:52 Daniel Kreutzer stopped
3:08 Muller covers up lying on back, Havlat throws toward net

Czechs trying to their pick their spots on the power play rather than throw pucks at the net.

Petr Cajanek doesn't get enough air on backhand on PP, hign part of net open (Muller down)

Sean Burke: not a bad period for the Germans, but Czechs picking it up, so they probably should have taken advantage of their chances

Revelation that Hull being is benched tonight

CZE 18-10 shots in 1st

17:27 Martin Straka slapshot from right circle, Muller stops
**17:04 Marek Zidlicky PP (Sasha Goc penalty) (Straka, Prospal) slapshot from the hashes left circle off the far post and in (CZE 1-0)
**15:33 Jiri Slegr between circles, German defenseman Robert Leask tries to block, but screens goalie (CZE 2-0)
**14:08 Jaromir Jagr drove hard to the net, deked the goalie left to right (Prospal pass to the tape, CZE 3-0)
9:43 Cajanek stopped on goalie's left side, scuffles with German defenseman
**9:10 PP Elias to Hejduk (CZE 4-0) from inside of left circle through five-hole of Oliver Jonas (new goalie)
7:52 Leask point blast stopped
5:31 Vaclav Prospal ten feet behind the right circle stopped
**4:12 Elias (Havlat) from the left circle, below Jonas' glove (Jonas simply missed it, CZE 5-0)

19:12 Jagr PP hits post
**~16:05 Eduard Lewandowski from right side boards redirected in front of net by Tino Boos and in (CZE 5-1)
14:17 Tomas Vlasak blast between circles, toe stop Jonas
13:28 Hejduk to Cajanek almost beats Jonas glove side
**11:01 Vlasak (after wide shot bouncing off the boards) across to Havlat, Jonas trouble going side-to-side (CZE 6-1)
7:49 Kreutzer/Vlasak skirmish part of bigger ~8 player pushing/shoving skirmish
**2:04 Jochen Hecht beats to the stick side from the near boards (CZE 6-2)
**~1:27 Prospal off the rebound of a Jagr shot (passed across in front of the crease, Prospal put a move on Jonas, CZE 7-2)

CBC's three stars: Martin Havlat, Vaclav Prospal, Patrik Elias

Burke: Jagr playing hard, working harder to create things on the ice, even racing down the ice to beat icing calls...skill display on the Prospal goal. Game should get the Czechs' confidence up.

Well, the Germans provided some formidable competition in the first period, but the Czechs blew it open in a big way in the second period and got Jaromir Jagr to actually give a crap, which, if it continues, will be an obstacle to whoever draws the Czechs in the upcoming elimination games.

Two TV notes...

(1) The CBC is running a Bell ad where all it is is a camera focusing outward from people that have picture frames and/or cell phones, and it all begins and ends with the same little girl holding a picture frame, with the end slogan being "We are all connected." The catch? If any of you remember the beginning piano sample from "In the End" by Linkin Park, the music that runs over the commercial is a piano piece in the same vein, except it's 30 seconds long and it's a really saddening piece of music.

(2) The CBC hockey broadcast ran their first extended promo of the upcoming hockey reality show, Making the Cut, where the ultimate prizes are invites to NHL training camps for Canadian teams. Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan are involved in the show which premieres on September 21st (Tuesday). I hope I get to see every one of these shows, but if I don't, this show absolutely HAS to be released on DVD. This should be a no-brainer.

It's Slovakia against the United States this afternoon at 4pm, and let's hope for the sake of Team USA that they can snap out of it like the Czechs did today. Granted, Slovakia's got a lot better than Germany, and the USA didn't fall quite as far back as the Czechs did in their first game. Still, the USA has to just get something going. No doubt that coach Ron Wilson is making a bold statement tonight by benching Brett Hull.

[Edit ~7:59p -- Stuff I got a hold of a few hours later. Muller made 23 saves for the Germans, and Jonas made 26. Add that up with the seven goals, and the Czechs put 56 shots on the net. Vokoun stopped 28 for the Czechs.]

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