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Czech Republic Takes Home The Gold

from the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Jaromir Jagr found some new Czech teammates to celebrate a gold medal with.

The veteran forward set up Jakub Klepis just 20 seconds into Sunday’s game and Tomas Vokoun turned aside 35 shots as the Czech Republic captured the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a stunning 2-1 win over Russia.

Jagr expressed concern at the outset of the tournament that the country could be a candidate for relegation because so many NHL players declined an invitation. Not only did the unherladed team go on to win gold, it did so by handing star-studded Russia its first loss in 28 world championship games.

No one could have seen this coming for a Czech hockey program that had seen its men’s national team lose in the quarter-finals of the last four major international tournaments, including the Vancouver Olympics

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Now I know why Evgeni Malkin raised both arms in the air celebrating an empty-netter against Canada.  He can’t seem to score a big goal with a goalie between the pipes.  Good thing Datsyuk was available and decided to play, he ended up winning the award as the tourney’s top forward.

Posted by dash_pinched on 05/23/10 at 10:47 PM ET

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Amazing feat of defeating the Russian favourites and winning gold by the Czechs, especially after disposing of the arrogant Swedish bastards in the semifinal. All that with only four NHL players on the roster.

Congratulations, Czech Republic.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 05/24/10 at 09:29 AM ET

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