Slavia Praha clinched the Czech ice-hockey cup on Wednesday night, after beating Karlovy Vary 4-2 in game seven of the playoff finals. The game was played out before a record crowd of 17,123 people in Prague’s O2 arena. Karlovy Vary were the biggest surprise of the season, having never made it to the playoffs before and going on this year to beat regular season winner České Budějovice in the semis. But on Thursday, Slavia Praha were just too strong, and won the playoff series by four matches to three.
Slavia Prague battled to a 4-2 victory against Karlovy Vary in the Extraliga Playoff Finals on Thursday evening. It all came down to a decisive Game 7. In the knockout competition 8 teams in the Czech hockey league battle to be champions, more prestigious and important than overall position in the regular season. Jamie Brindley has the story.
In the NHL on Thursday the Detroit Red Wings with goalie Dominik Hašek
got off to a winning start in their best-of-seven series against the
Nashville Predators. Hašek stopped 19 shots on the night, while Jiří
Hudler scored the Red Wings’ opener. The final score was 3-1.
In other action in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens downed traditional rivals the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the first game of their series. Tomáš Plekanec notched up one assist on the night.
In Sport News this Monday: the final series playoffs in the Czech ice hockey Extraliga get off to an exciting start, with surprise package Karlovy Vary beating Slavia in Prague in the opening game; goaltender Dominik Hašek (43) wins his third trophy for the fewest goals conceded in the regular season; the Czech men’s team travel to Moscow for a Davis Cup quarter-finals clash; Sparta edge ahead in the Czech football league, with Slavia due to play on Monday evening; and the Czech national team doctor says Tomáš Rosický has come to terms with the
The play-off final of the Czech ice-hockey top division, the O2 extraliga, is underway between Slavia Prague and Energie Karlovy Vary. The best-of-seven playoff began on Friday in Prague when the visiting side marked a surprising victory over Slavia 5:4. The second match of the series on Saturday saw the victory of the Prague-based team 5:2 setting the score of the entire series to 1:1. The seven-game series will move to Karlovy Vary on Tuesday for another two games.
In the NHL on Thursday Jaromír Jágr’s New York Rangers defeated local
rivals the New York Islanders 3-0 to secure a spot in this year’s
Cup playoffs. Jágr – the Ranger’s captain – scored twice in the 1st
period, while compatriot Martin Straka added a third. The Rangers have one
game left to play in the regular season, against the New Jersey Devils. A
win would push the Rangers into the 4th spot in the Eastern Conference –
giving them home ice advantage in the playoffs.
In other action on Thursday, the Nashville Predators secured the final spot in the Western Conference by downing St Louis 3-2. Jan Hlaváč assisted on all three goals, seeing him named 1st star.
Forward Tomáš Fleischmann was named 1st star in a hockey match between
his Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay on Thursday. Fleischmann scored in
overtime to lift Washington over Tampa 4-3 keeping alive his team’s
playoff hopes. Washington have four more games left in the regular season
but trail the Philadelphia Flyers by 2 pts in the 8th and final spot of
In other action, Atlanta’s Robert Holík was also named 1st star, beating the Florida Panthers’ Tomáš Vokoun twice on the night to lift the Thrashers to the win. The final score was 3-2. The Thrashers are out of the upcoming playoffs, but the Panthers still hold a theoretical chance with four games left. Currently Florida is 7 pts off the final spot.
In Sports News today: Tomáš Verner fails to deliver at World Figure Skating Championship; Liberec has made dramatic comeback against Slavia in the ice-hockey Extraliga play-offs; Czechs are to meet Scotland in a friendly in May; Czech football coach Karel Bruckner has said he will resign after Euro 2008; Pavel Nedvěd is considering returning to the national football team.
Czech defenseman Roman Hamrlík scored the opening goal as well as the
game-winner for the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the New York
3-0 in hockey action on Saturday. The goal is Hamrlík’s fifth of the
season. The Canadiens are currently second in the Eastern Division behind
New Jersey - fifth in the overall league standings.
In other NHL action on Saturday, the Buffalo Sabres’ Aleš Kotalík retained his scoring touch from one day earlier, opening the scoring for Buffalo against Toronto. The Sabres added five more to down the Leafs 6-2.
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