Pardubice close to taking Extraliga crown


Pardubice are one step away from winning the playoffs final in Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga. A 5:2 away victory over Vítkovice on Wednesday night made it 3:0 to Pardubice on games in the best-of-seven series. It also extended the east Bohemian club’s freshly minted record to 11 playoffs wins in a row. If Pardubice score another victory in the series, it will represent a great personal achievement for 45-year-old goaltender Dominik Hašek; he last won the league title with Pardubice a full 21 years ago.