Plzeň on Sunday won at home to square their best-of-seven series in the final of the Czech play-offs against Zlín at two apiece. Plzeň came into Sunday’s match needing to rebound from a loss a day earlier and were helped by two goals just 30 or so seconds apart in the first period. The club went on to take the game 5:2. Game 5 will be played in Zlín on Wednesday.
In Sports News this Monday: Kreuziger claims biggest one-day success of career with victory in Holland’s Amstel Gold; Plzeň and Zlín are at 2:2 in final series of Extraliga playoffs; Viktoria Plzeň remain ahead of Sparta Prague on goal difference after both win; and Klára Zakopalová reaches world top 20 for first time.
Zlín host Plzeň in game two of the finals of the Czech hockey league playoffs. Tuesday’s opening game of the best-of-seven final series was won by visitors Plzeň who have never won the league title. On Wednesday, Plzeň were leading 1:0 at the start of the match after the team’s captain Martin Straka scored in the 4th minute.
The final of the playoffs of Czech ice hockey’s Extraliga between Zlín and Plzeň gets underway on Tuesday evening. Zlín have only won one Extraliga title in their history, while Plzeň have never taken the trophy. There is no love lost between the two clubs’ fans, in part due to an incident in 2005 when the then Zlín goalkeeper prevented Plzeň from scoring by moving the goal. The best-of-seven series is scheduled to end on April 21, if not sooner.
Zlín defeated Třinec 4:3 in the best-of-seven semifinal series of the Czech hockey league playoffs on Thursday night to book a place in the final. Zlín scored the first goal of the game very early, and added another goal five minutes into the second period. The hosts Třinec equalized just two minutes later but Zlín scored their second goal just before the second intermission. The visitors then added two more goals with some ten minutes to go and Třinec were only able to narrow the gap but failed to take the game into overtime. Zlín, who advanced to the finals after eight years, will face Plzeň for the league title.
In the NHL, Czech forward Martin Erat has been traded from the Nashville Predators to the Washington Capitals. The 31-year-old Erat, spent 11 seasons in Nashville and has never played for another NHL club. He signed a seven-year contract with the club five years ago but on Wednesday, he said it was time for a change, and was happy to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.
Czech hockey club Plzeň defeated Slavia Prague 4:2 in game 6 of the playoffs’ semifinal series on Wednesday night to reach the final for the first time in 21 years. Playing on home ice, Plzeň soon went ahead but Slavia equalized before the end of the first period. The tie continued in the second period when both team scored a goal but in the final 20 minutes, Plzeň prevailed and scored twice to win the match and the best-of-seven series. Plzeň will face either Zlín or Třinec in the final.
Star forward Jaromír Jágr has joined the Boston Bruins from the Dallas Stars. Jágr, who is 41, is the 10th leading goal scorer in the history of the NHL and is perhaps the greatest Czech hockey player of all time. He is regarded as having a genuine chance of winning the Stanley Cup with Boston, which is also home to Czech centre David Krejčí. The Bruins are Jágr’s sixth NHL club.
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