In his first Olympic competition, Zidlicky finished second among defensemen and first on the team in scoring with four goals (4-1-5) helping the Czechs win a bronze medal.
A veteran of World Championships and a consistent offensive contributor from the blueline, he has 16 points (3-13-16) in four World Championships (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009). In 2005, he led the tournament in plus-minus (+8), finished tied for the team lead in assists (3) and was selected to the All-Star Team in the gold-medal winning effort.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday