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Posted at 02:29 AM ET, 02/18/2010

Jagr, Czechs beat Slovakia in Olympic opener

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.

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