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2010 IIHF World Championships: Alex Ovechkin, Russia fall short as Czechs take gold

May 23, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

czechgold.jpgAlex Ovechkin and Team Russia’s year of frustration continued today as the upstart Czech Republic team shocked them 2-1 to win the gold medal in the 2010 IIHF World Championships.

The Czech Republic was not expected to have so much success. After all, their biggest name Jaromir Jagr almost seemed to wave a white flag of defeat while chastising his more prominent countrymen for declining an offer to play for the team earlier in the tournament. It turned out they probably were better off without those players, though, as Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun and relative unknown/team captain Jan Marek helped the team win it all despite nearly facing the humiliation of playing in the tournament’s relegation round. Joe Yerdon wrote this about their performancefor the Hockey  Worlds Blog.

Much like the other games the Czechs played in the elimination round of this tournament, the game would be tightly defended, low-scoring, and count on someone coming up big somehow. Only difference this time was that it didn’t have to be Jan Marek and Tomas Vokoun in a post-overtime shootout. This time it was still Vokoun leading the charge as he made 35 saves and you could argue that Vokoun is used to backstopping teams that are a bit deficient in talent since he’s a Florida Panthers goalie in the NHL. The difference between the Panthers and the Czechs, of course, is that the Czechs played great as a team and rallied better than just about anyone throughout this whole tournament.


Yerdon pointed out that both Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals teammate Alex Semin finished the game -2, the only Russians to reach that mark in the gold medal contest. It’s unfair to call either player “chokers” but that doesn’t mean that someone, somewhere almost certainly is doing just that.

The Puck Stops Here lists the tournament’s award winners.

Dennis Endras, the German goalie, was chosen as tournament MVP. Pavel Datsyuk was chosen the top forward and Petteri Nummelin of Finland was chosen the top defenceman in the tournament.

Ultimately, the Czechs ended up with the gold medal while Russia took the silver and Sweden finished with a bronze after defeating host country Germany 3-1. Be sure to check out the Hockey Worlds blog when you’re done browsing PHT.

  1. Rob Selby - May 24, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Sidney Crosby will always be a greater hockey player than this one-note wonder. But, Sid isn’t going to play for Team Canada anymore after the way Canada is their filty, Frenchy-frog fans treated him during the play-offs. Only suckers play in this World hockey crap. Sid the Kid will be back next years ripping these bums to shreds. Ha!

  2. Tom - May 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    I mostly agree with Rob. I remember when Mario came back from cancer treatments his first game was in Philly. Huge rival but he got one of the loudest ovations I have ever heard. You would think the Canadians would be a little more appreciative to the guy who scored the game winner for them to win a gold.

  3. jf - May 24, 2010 at 9:23 AM

    Even Crysby fans are cry babies. I guess thats why they like him. Take it as the complement it is and suck it up. He is a professional and not a kid, fans have every right to boo their opponent’s players. This is Hockey not Golf, true canadian hockey fans deep down have to wish Ovechkin was canadian. You wont hear pronger fans crying about him being boo’d by the canadien fans.

  4. Rob - May 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    jf? Pronger in an @$$hole. So are you. Anytime you want to meet me someplace and fight, just let me know.

  5. Rob - May 24, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    jf? This coming Sunday. 9:00am. You and me. Sarasot, Florida. Sarasota Square Mall. Parking lot of the Sears auto shop. I challenge you to a fight. You gonna chicken out or are you going to show up?

  6. Wysoig - May 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    shocking, Ovechkin choking again

  7. sixburghsteve - May 24, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Rob, will you be meeting jf in the parking lot of your job? Do you work at Sears changing tires? What a dope you are!

  8. Rob - May 24, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Actually, I run my own business. I just chose a place with a lot and some space to beat people up.
    How is Raplisburger doing these days SIXBURGSTEVE? Ha! I’m orinally from Pittsburgh and have denounced the Pittsburgh Steelers organization for the scum they are. Keepin rapist on their team. Ha! Those last 2 Super Wins are totally tainted.

  9. Rob - May 24, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    True story about Rottenberger. 3 years ago. Pittsburgh. South side. Friday night outside of Club Cafe. Me, Dino, and Randy ran into Little Ben and two guys that were with him. I said to him, “Hi, Ben! How you doing?”. He said OK. I asked for an autograph and he told me he was busy and didn’t feel like being bothered by fans!
    Classy, Ben. I’ll never forget the prick that you are.
    Too bad that motorcycle accident didn’t finish you off.

  10. czechstan - May 24, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Viva Czechs, done it again !!! Too bad, Russians can’t take the defeat.

  11. Rob's Daddy - May 25, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Rob you are a complete donk. If cindy denied you an autograph would you disown him too? lol I think someone has some confidence issues. If you talk about my douchebag fav player i will challenge you to a fight, who says that. and really who says that via an online message board. Sounds like you might have too much of an emotion attachment to your boy cindy, maybe even a crush. have anything to tell your daddy?

  12. Vashek - May 27, 2010 at 3:38 AM

    Hi All, let me put right, our captain’s name is not Jan Marek but Tomas Rolinek.

  13. vit - May 31, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Problems with russian hockey team – too many comarade-commissars coaching them…

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