In Sports News: In the Tipsport Extraliga hockey playoffs, Liberec reach the semi-finals while Vítkovice force a game 7 in their quarterfinal against Pardubice;in the NHL, goalies Neuwirth, Pavelec suffer defeat against Caroline, Chicago; in football, Liberec remain within three points of league-leaders Sparta; Chelsea book spot in Champions League quarterfinals.
Two Czech NHL players, Jaromír Jágr and Petr Sýkora, have been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by their clubs. Jágr, who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers, may have a good shot at making it into the final three for the prize, a prestigious award given to those NFL players who best exemplify the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey. Sýkora was put forward by his club, the New Jersey Devils.
In Sports news today: Czech tennis superstars keep their world rankings ahead of the BNP Paribas Open; FC Viktoria Plzeň’s victory against Sparta sees both it and Liberec eyeing Sparta’s top spot in the Gambrinus Liga; HC Oceláři Třinec have to face PSG Zlín for a fifth time in the ice hockey Extraliga playoffs and Sýkora’s hopes of celebrating in style his 1000th professional match end in disappointment.
Overseas, in the National Hockey League Milan Hejduk earned an assist and
Jan Hejda earned two in Monday’s game between the Colorado Avalanche and
Anaheim. The Avs won the game 4:1.
In other action, Winnipeg Jet’s goalie Ondřej Pavelec had a night to forget, allowing five goals on 25 shots by the Edmonton Oilers. The final score was 5:3.
In Sports News: In football, Sparta Prague slip against Hradec Kralové while defending league champions Viktoria Plzeň draw with Dukla; Viktoria Plzeň’s 3:1 loss against Schalke 04 ends glorious European competition run; midfielder Tomáš Rosický ends a two-year scoring drought in the Premier League; and in hockey, Sparta Prague are crowned season champions.
In the NHL, Czech forward Jiří Hudler helped the Detroit Red Wings mount
a comeback against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, scoring twice in
third period and earning one assist to bring the Wings within one.
Colorado, however, were able to hold on and take the match 4:3. Hudler was
named the game’s third star.
In other action, Czech goalie Michal Neuwirth won his second-straight game, stopping 28 shots by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington won 4:2 at Toronto.
Twenty-three year-old Czech goalie Michal Neuvirth stopped 30 shots in the Washington Capitals’ Friday night win over Montreal – putting the brakes on a largely miserable February run. Prior to Friday’s game the Caps had lost eight of 11 matches. The goalie allowed only one goal and was named the game’s first star. The final score was 4:1. The Washington Capitals are in ninth spot in the Eastern Division and have to improve if they want to qualify for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.
In NHL action on Sunday, goalie Ondřej Pavelec stopped 31 shots by the Colorado Avalanche to help the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-1 win. Pavelec was named the game’s second star. Winnipeg is now tied at 64 points with the Toronto Maple Leafs (in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference); the eighth spot is the conference cut-off for the playoffs in May. In other hockey action, Patrik Eliáš and Petr Sýkora both earned assists in New Jersey’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
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