By Ian Oland
Jakub Vrana had a career year in Washington, scoring 24 goals and tallying 47 points in 82 games. Vrana’s scintillating season is continuing in Bratislava.
Vrana scored on his first career shift with the senior Czech Republic national team, beating Henrik Lundqvist on a one-timer.
The young Czech forward was named to the national team on April 29 along with Capitals forward Dmitrij Jaskin. Vrana did not play in any of the tuneup Carlson Hockey Games, potentially nursing a nagging injury.
#CZESWE #IIHFWorlds @narodnitym are on the board first thanks to a beauty goal by Jakub Vrana 1:55 into the 1st. pic.twitter.com/dGxweBqJIO
— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 10, 2019
Vrana’s goal came off a powerful shot from the top of the left circle.
After taking a pass from Dominik Kubalik, V fired and scored beating The King in front of a raucous capacity crowd in Slovakia.
The goal gave the Czechs a 1-0 lead 1:55 into the game. Vrana would add a second goal later in the third period, flexing after he scored.
Friday marks the first day of the 2019 World Championship. Earlier in the day, Russia defeated Norway 5-2. Dmitry Orlov tallied an assist in the victory.
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