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Jaromir Jagr scored his second goal of the Olympics, Jakub Voracek got the tiebreaker in the second period, and the Czech Republic survived an early scare for a 4-2 victory over Latvia on Friday in the Olympic hockey tournament.
Marek Zidlicky had a goal and an assist, and Martin Erat also scored for the Czechs. Ondrej Pavelec made 18 saves in their first win of preliminary-round play, bouncing back from an opening 4-2 loss to Sweden.
The 41-year-old Jagr is a five-time Olympian, but never managed more than two goals in any of his previous trips to the games. He scored two goals in his first four periods in Sochi, and his steady play help the Czechs to hold off Latvia's upset bid.
Herberts Vasiljevs and Janis Sprukts scored for Latvia, which dropped to 0-2 despite another solid effort against a higher-profile opponent. Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan's team has just one active NHL player, but the Latvians stood up to the Czechs in a bruising, aggressive game.
Latvia can't generate enough offense to win, however. Edgars Masalskis stopped 35 shots for Latvia, which lost its Olympic opener 1-0 on a last-minute goal for Switzerland.
Coach Alois Hadamczik gave the Czechs' second start to Pavelec after Jakub Kovar was chased by Sweden early in the second period of the opener. Pavelec, the Winnipeg Jets' goalie, is the only NHL netminder on the Czechs' roster, but he was scratched for the opener.
Jagr put the Czechs ahead 2-1 late in the first period with a vicious wrist shot from the slot during a power play, but Vasiljevs tied it early in the second period after a Czech turnover deep in its own end.
The enthusiastic Czech fans at Bolshoy Ice Dome got nervous, but the Czechs went back ahead on an exceptional play by Voracek, the Philadelphia Flyers forward. Voracek had only one hand on his stick when he deflected Zbynek Michalek's shot out of the air for his first Olympic goal.
Zidlicky then scored an instant before Latvia's net was knocked off its moorings, setting off a bitter protest from Masalskis.
Latvia had a 5-on-3 advantage for 57 seconds late in the scoreless third period, but couldn't get anything going against Pavelec.
The Czech Republic faces Switzerland on Saturday in its final game of preliminary-round play, and Latvia takes on Sweden.
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Jaromir Jagr scored a pretty goal during the Czech Republic’s matchup against Latvia in Sochi on Friday, settling a deflected point shot and sniping it top corner for his second tally in as many games.
After the goal, the 41-year old legend received a rubdown from a trainer on the Czech bench. Being the great guy that he is, Jagr showed his appreciation by returning the favor with...
When you are 41-years old and playing a game with a bunch of youngsters--and still kicking butt and taking names--you might get a little sore. You might feel the pain a little more than the next guy. You might even need a little help trying to relax a muscle or two. You definitely appreciate when someone rubs one out for you.From the look of it, Jaromir Jagr is certainly is.@PETEBLACKBURN...
Age is just a number for Jaromir Jagr.
The soon-to-be 42-year-old winger (his birthday is on Saturday) is playing like a 25-year-old in the 2014 Winter Olympics, tying his personal best with two goals in his first two games for the Czech Republic.
To questions of how he keeps up such high production in this, his fifth Olympic Games, Jagr had a simple answer.
“I don’t get old...
Jaromir Jagr turns 42 years old on Saturday and is in his fifth Olympic Games representing the Czech Republic at a top level, which is pretty awesome. Even more awesome? Jagr being Jagr.
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Patrik Elias, Jaromir Jagr, Marek Zidlicky, and Damien Brunner will be representing the New Jersey Devils in Sochi during the 2014 Winter Olympics. While Jagr will be an Olympian for the fifth time in his hockey career, Brunner will be playing in his first Olympic tournament. Elias and Zidlicky have performed well on the international...
It's rare to say that a player gets better with age, but that's most certainly true for one Jaromir Jagr:
42 years young today, happy birthday to Czech #68 Jaromir Jagr! Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images pic.twitter.com/wvPTbJBwiG
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) February 15, 2014
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The 41 year old Brodeur recently lost his starting goalie position to the younger Cory Schneider. For over two decades, he has enjoyed his time in New Jersey but his romance
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In addition to hosting the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments at the 2014 Winter Games, the Bolshoy Ice Dome acts as a scoreboard for fans walking outside in the Olympic Park.
Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski tweeted a picture of the Bolshoy Ice Dome roof flashing when Sweden scored its second goal of Wednesday’s preliminary round game against Czech Republic.
Arena roof flashes...
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