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.
The Czech hockey club Pardubice are one step away from winning the playoff final in the Czech hockey league’s Extraliga. On Wednesday, the team, boasting legendary goalie Dominik Hašek in net, trounced opponents Vítkovice 5:2, to take a stranglehold on the best-of-seven series. One more win and they’ll sweep their opponents, winning the title for the first time since 2005. If they do, it will be Hašek’s first hometown title in 21 years, to add to earlier successes such as Olympic Gold and two Stanley Cup rings.
Pardubice have taken a 2:0 lead in games over Vítkovice in the final of the Czech ice hockey Extraliga. Veteran goaltender Dominik Hašek notched up a shutout as Pardubice again exploited home advantage to take the second game 1:0 on Sunday evening. The only goal in that encounter came from Daniel Rákos at the start of the second period. The next match in the best-of-seven series takes place at Vítkovice’s stadium in Ostrava on Wednesday.
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Pardubice took a lead in the first match of the Czech Extraliga ice hockey final on Saturday night. The east Bohemian team beat Vítkovice 5:1 in front of a home crowd. Pardubice were ahead 2:1 at the end of the first period. Vítkovice had chances to level at the start of the second period but eventually conceded three more goals without reply in the final two periods. Forward Petr Sýkora scored two goals and made one assist for Pardubice. The second match will be played on Sunday evening.
Separately, national ice hockey coach Vladimír Růzička has been given another problem ahead of the upcoming World Championships with the announcement by forward Josef Vašíček that he cannot take part because of health problems. Vašíček adds to a growing list of players the coach cannot count on. Defenders Tomáš Kabele and Roman Polák and forwards Václav Prospal, Michael Frolík, Kamil Kreps and Zbyněk Irgl have all excused themselves over the last days.
In ice hockey, the Czech Republic beat Slovakia 3:2 on Saturday in the second friendly warm up match ahead of the World Championships in Germany in May. The outcome of the match was decided in the last five seconds by back Tomáš Mojžíš. In the first game on Friday, the Czechs won by a convincing margin of 6:2. The team finished the first period with a 3:1 lead, pulled further ahead to 5:2 by the end of the second period before adding a final goal in the last period. The star of the game was forward Lukáš Kašpar who scored two of the goals.
In Sports News: sparks fly in the Czech football league as Bohemians Praha refuse at the last minute to play Bohemians 1905 in a first division game; Baník Ostrava go top, but for how long?; Milan Baroš bags a hat-trick for Galatasaray in his first start since October; and it’s Pardubice vs Vítkovice in the Extraliga playoffs finals.
Czech forward Patrik Eliáš scored twice in New Jersey’s lopsided win
on Saturday over the New York Islanders. The Devils routed the Islanders
a score of 7:1. The win put New Jersey at top spot in their division, as
closest competitors Pittsburgh lost against Atlanta. In the playoffs the
Devils are lined-up to face the Montreal Canadiens.
In other NHL action, Boston’s David Krejčí earned an assist on one of three shorthanded goals that the Bruins scored in a remarkable 64 seconds. The Bruins won the game against Carolina 4:2 and clinched a spot in the upcoming playoffs.
Czech goalie Ondřej Pavelec, who plays for the Atlanta Thrashers, was unable to stop Russian forward Alexandr Ovechkin on Friday, who notched up two goals for the Washington Capitals. Washington won the game 5:2 and hold an unassailable first spot in the Eastern Conference with one game left to play. Atlanta are out of NHL playoff contention. Ovechkin’s goals on Friday put him atop the list of this season’s goal-scorers, one goal ahead of Canada’s Sidney Crosby.
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