Slovakia: Czechs gears up for clash with Russia at IIHF World Championship

The Czech Republic national ice hockey team held a training session in Bratislava on Sunday, ahead of their match against the Russian team on Monday. Both teams have won all of their prior matches with the Czechs beating reigning champions Sweden 5-2 and then Norway 7-2. The Russian squad, meanwhile, chalked up a 5-2 victory over Norway in its opening match, before beating Austria 5-0 on Sunday... Еще. Speaking at the mixed zone after the training session, Philadelphia Flyers forward and Czech national team member Jakub Voracek stressed it that his side was must «stay out of the [penalty] box,» noting that the Russian team has a lot of «talent on their power play» and it would be hard to stop them if Milos Riha's squad start getting penalties. For many Czech players Monday game will be chance to face off against those they normally play alongside in the National Hockey Leage (NHL). Jakub Vrana, who plays for the Washington Capitals in the NHL, said he was excited to play against his team mates Alexander Ovechkin, Eugeni Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. «It's always fun to play with them and now it's a chance to have a game against them,» said Vrana.
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