Ryan Mckenna – Sportsnet
Evgeny Dadonov scored the eventual winner in the third period as Russia held off the Czech Republic 4-3 on Thursday in the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament opener for both teams.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Nikita Kucherov and Artemi Panarin also had goals for the Russians, who got 29 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky.
Michal Kempny, Tomas Plekanec and Martin Hanzal supplied the offence for the Czech Republic as Petr Mrazek turned away 24-of-28 shots in net.
Russia scored once on four power plays while the Czechs were 1 for 5.
However, Czech coach Josef Jandac told NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti after the loss that the injury is not serious, and Sobotka could dress in Saturday’s rematch.
It’s believed Sobotka, who’s spent the last two years in the KHL, could reunite with the St. Louis Blues this season.