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Jagr's Trick Sinks Americans

Wednesday, 05.11.2011 / 1:38 PM ET / World Championship
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Jagr\'s Trick Sinks Americans
By IIHF.com

BRATISLAVA – Jaromir Jagr is still the king. The 39-year-old legend scored three times on Wednesday to lead the Czech Republic to a 4-0 triumph over the USA and a berth in Friday’s first semi-final against the winner of Sweden-Germany.

Having won seven straight at Orange Arena, the Czechs are now just two victories away from repeating as champions for the first time since 2000. Airtight defence and opportunistic scoring have been the keys, always a good sign for this side.

"We have great goaltending and managed to score goals," said Czech forward Jakub Voracek. "If you get four goals, you should be able to win."

The young Americans (averaging 24.4 years of age), who had just two 2010 Olympic returnees in defencemen Jack Johnson and Mike Komisarek, couldn’t overcome the skill and experience of their opponents.

"We had a young team and the future of USA Hockey looks great," said Komisarek. "We fell short, but the experience of playing in the quarterfinal against such a good team was good."

Jagr's linemate, Tomas Plekanec, added a goal and two helpers for the Czechs. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec registered his second tournament shutout, outdoing the USA’s Ty Conklin as shots favoured the Czech Republic 39-29.

Michael Frolik replaced the injured Martin Havlat (shoulder) on the most effective Czech line in the tournament overall, playing alongside Patrik Elias and Milan Michalek. To fill Havlat’s roster spot, the Czechs added Petr Vampola from the KHL’s Avangard Omsk.

Jagr, an IIHF Triple Gold Club member since 2005, is gunning for his third World Championship title to go with his 1998 Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup rings from 1991 and 1992 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forward Jack Skille finished with four shots in 9:45 of ice time (14 shifts) while defenseman Clay Wilson had just 2:35 of ice time (three shifts).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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