Late Wednesday night, Slovakia played the Czech Republic. Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winner and assisted on Czech’s third goal as Slovakia fell 3-1.
Slovakia tied the game just 47 seconds into the second period as Marian Gaborik found the back of the net. Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was credited with an assist on the play. Tomas Kopecky (surprisingly) did not score a point in the loss.
Despite the loss, the game was encouraging for Blackhawks fans. Hossa did not play on Sunday after Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong lit him up in Saturday’s win. The way Hossa hit the ice, and the amount of time he spent on it before retreating to the dressing room, had many Hawks fans rightfully concerned about the superstar. But on Wednesday night, Hossa appeared to be skating well and played without limitation.
Kopecky was able to draw a penalty late in the first period, but did not contribute much other than that.
Hossa’s brother, Marcel, is also on a Slovak team loaded with NHL stars.