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Jagr, Czechs beat Slovakia in Olympic opener

(Chris Bouroncle/Getty Images)

Yes, Caps fans, Jaromir Jagr's name is in the headline, because he played a key role in the Czech Republic's opening win. From the AP:

Jaromir Jagr, out of the NHL for two years and now a role player rather than one of hockey's big names, scored a goal and set up another late in the second period and the Czech Republic repeated its 2006 Olympic hockey victory over rival Slovakia by winning 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Jagr, a five-time NHL scoring champion and two-time Stanley Cup winner who now plays in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, flashed his former brilliance by creating goals on two of the six shifts he played in the pivotal second period of the Olympic opener for both teams.
Tomas Vokoun, one of the NHL's best goalies this season for Florida, made 34 saves and Patrik Elias and Tomas Plekanec also scored for the Czechs, who took gold and bronze medals in the first three Olympics featuring NHL players. The Czechs won despite being outshot 35-24.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 18, 2010; 2:29 AM ET
 | Tags: Olympics, Tomas Fleischmann  
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Posted by: cotelloer | February 18, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

The Slovaks outshot the Czechs -- not a good sign for the Czechs. The US, Canada, Russia, and Sweden all seriously outshot their first opponents -- all second tier teams. And I include Slovakia a second tier team if they are playing Milan Jurnica. Russia and Canada looked awesome; Sweden and the US looked good. I did not see the Finns, but heard they looked good, too.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 18, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

On another note -- who long before Roenick gives Milbury a good forearm shiver for being such a wank? Roenick is a legetimate hockey great, a future hall-of-famer; Mike Milbury is a totally phail coach and gm, and was a middling player at best. How does Milbury get away with talking hockey, especially trying to act like a primadonna, know-it-all to Roenick?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 18, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Where can I find FULL Olympic hockey box scores; you know, ice time, sog, etc.?

Posted by: Bartolo1 | February 18, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Nick Backstrom was great on the Face Offs (FOs) last night winning 10 of 13 for a 76.92% winning FO%. Although only 1 game has been played to date, he is 3rd overall of the Face Off leaders. Henrik Sedin, also of Sweden, was 9 of 12 for 75%.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 18, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Jags comes up big in his NHL re-entry audition.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 18, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

MReilly9 -

Where did you find those stats?

Posted by: Bartolo1 | February 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Here are some stats, but it's not as comprehensive as I'd like. Best I can find so far though:

Posted by: Jumpy66 | February 18, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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