Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Extraleague Update Machine: 10-13-04

Well, today was supposed to be Opening Night for the NHL.

What does it say about the NHL when a die-hard fan, such as myself, didn't even notice it was 'Opening Night' until I heard about it on the radio this morning?

Anyway, let's take a look at some actual hockey news..

Only one game yesterday: A make-up game against Slavia Prague and Znojmo Eagles.
The good guys (Slavia) won 4-2 and clearly outplayed the Eagles.
With the NHLers either whining too much (Elias, Havlat) or beating the crap out of opposing players (Rachunek), the Eagles are clearly trying to enhance their bad boy image.

Jozef Stumpel - 0pts, +1
Zigmund Palffy - 1 assist, +1
Josef Vasicek - 1 assist, +2

Patrik Elias - 0pts, even, 12 PIM (whine, whine, whine)
Martin Havlat - 1assist, even, 4PIM (These brats are undisciplined, eh?)
Karel 'The Enforcer' Rachunek - 0pts, even, 0PIM(!)
Tomas Vokoun - 38-42 SAVES, LOSS


Planning Ahead - The Slovaks announced that they will be bidding for the 2010 World Championships. The problem for the Slovaks is that they lack the shiny big arenas that the IIHF wants its hosts to have. The Czechs had to complete the groovy Sazka Arena in Prague just to get the WC last year.

Ladislav Nagy has been having some groin and minor knee problems, so he'll be out of action for about a week or two. Still, Kosice was able to shutout powerful Trencin 2-0 thanks to the 37-save effort of young goalie Imrich Petrik (21 of them from the NHL trio).

A full slate of games in Slovakia yesterday, so here are the relevant stats:

Radoslav Suchy (Poprad) - 0pts, -2
Martin Strbak (Kosice) - 0pts, +1, 2PIM
Jiri Bicek (Kosice) - 0pts, even, 6 SOG
Ladislav Nagy (Kosice) - Injured
Marian Gaborik (Trencin) - 0pts, -1, 4PIM, 5SOG
Marian Hossa (Trencin) - 0pts, -1, 2PIM , 6SOG
Pavol Demitra (Trencin) - 0pts, -1, 10SOG(!!!!)
Lubomir Visnovsky (Slovan) - 1assist, +2, 2PIM
Richard Zednik (Zvolen) - 1goal, +1
Vladimor Orszagh (Zvolen) - Did not Play
Miro Zalesak (Skalica) - 1assist, +1
Ronald Petrovicky (Zilina) 2 assist, +2

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