Czech hockey players Marek Kvapil, Filip Novák and Jakub Klepiš have won the Kontinental Hockey League title with Dynamo Moscow. Klepiš scored the winning goal in game seven of the best-of-seven final series in which Moscow beat Avantgard Omsk 1:0. Two Czechs were on the roster of runners-up Omsk: Martin Škoula and Roman Červenka who also became the KHL playoffs’ most productive player with 11 goals and 11 assists.
In Sports news this Monday: Pardubice win the Czech hockey league playoffs; in the NHL, the Philadelphia Flyers with Jaromír Jágr knock Pittsburgh out of the Stanley Cup playoffs; in football, three teams compete for the title with four rounds to go; and in tennis, the Czech Republic’s women’s team beats Italy to reach the Fed Cup finals.
In Sports News: In football, Sparta Prague stumble in the Gambrinus liga, drawing 2:2 draw against visitors Teplice; Petr Čech and London club Chelsea reach the FA Cup final; Pardubice square series against Kometa Brno in Tipsport Extraliga finals; Jágr earns three assists in win that puts Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Several Czech hockey players have gotten off to an excellent start in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which began in the NHL. Martin Hanzal, who plays for the Phoenix Coyotes, redirected a shot to earn the overtime winner in Game 1 against Chicago; 3:2 was the final score. Jakub Voráček also got an overtime winner for Philadelphia, who came back from 3:0 against Pittsburgh; 4:3 was the score. And, Martin Havlát got the winner in double-overtime for the San Jose Sharks against St. Louis; 3:2 was the final score.
Kometa Brno beat Pardubice 6:5 in the second game of the hockey league finals on Tuesday night and tied the best-of-seven series. Kometa was ahead 2:0 after the first period and was leading the hosts 6:2 in the third. But Pardubice scored three times in less than two minutes and were close to equalizing. However, Kometa held out and tied the final series which now moves to Brno.
In the Czech hockey league playoffs, Pardubice beat Liberec 4:2 on Tuesday night and won the semifinal best-of-seven series 4:2. In the finals, Pardubice will play Kometa Brno which had earlier booked their spot after defeating regular season’s runners-up Plzeň. The first game of the final series is scheduled on Monday in Pardubice.
Kometa Brno has become the first team to reach this year’s Extraliga playoff finals. On Monday the team – the dark horse or “Cinderella story” of this year’s competition – trounced Plzeň by a score of 7:2. It is the first time in 41 years that Brno has reached the final: the club clinched the series by an overall difference of 4:1 and will face either Pardubice or Liberec. In the other semi-final series Parubice leads 3:2 and could close out Liberec if they win later on Tuesday.
HC Plzeň 1929 beat Kometa Brno 3:2 in the fourth game of the hockey league’s best-of-seven semifinal series in Brno on Saturday. The hosts’ victory could end the series but Plzeň played a great game, and were leading 3:1 just after the start of the second period. Brno brought the gap down to 3:2 several minutes later but were unable to equalize. The series now moves on to Plzeň where the two teams will clash again on Monday. On Sunday, the other semifinal series continues between Pardubice and Liberec.
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