The Czech national hockey team lost 1:2 to Russia on Saturday in the final leg of the Euro Hockey Tour, to finish second overall. The Czechs missed several good opportunities to score and did poorly in power plays. The game was the Czech team’s last ahead of the world championships which start in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Two-time ice hockey world championship gold medal winner Tomáš Vokoun, a goalie who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has told the news website idnes he will no longer play for the national squad. Vokoun led the Czech team to an unexpected victory against Russia in the final in Germany in 2010. Before that, he won his first gold in Austria in 2005. Vokoun told idnes that the Czech Republic had plenty of talented up-and-coming goalies and that it would be unfair of him to take a place on the roster. Vokoun did not play in the championship last year due to injury and missed the year before that when he sought a new contract in the NHL.
Over 2,000 fans welcomed Plzeň’s ice hockey team to the West Bohemian city in the early hours of Monday morning, hours after they had won the Extraliga for the first time ever. Plzeň took the title following a fairytale 4:3 victory over Zlín on Sunday in the last game of the best-of-seven playoff final. The highly dramatic match went to two overtime periods and was decided after a record 96 minutes 15 seconds.
clubs Zlín and Plzeň will face-off on Sunday evening in a deciding seventh game in the Extraliga playoff finals. The match will begin shortly after 6pm local time. Zlín, who had their backs against the wall in the series, forced a game seven by winning their last encounter decisively by a score of 5:2.
Hockey club Zlín has forced a deciding seventh game in the Extraliga playoff finals, defeating rivals for the championship title Plzeň on Friday. Zlín turned the match around early in the second period with two goals in quick succession. The club went on to win by a score of 5:2. The final game takes places on Sunday evening.
Plzeň are one win away from the league title after they beat Zlín 2:1 in game five of the playoffs’ finals in Zlín on Wednesday, taking a 3:2 lead in the best-of seven series. Zlín had a good start and scored in the 7th minute but Plzeň equalized just 13 second before the second intermission, and added another six minutes into the third period. Plzeň’s line-up included former Olympic winner and NHL veteran Jaroslav Špaček who came back for the game four months after he announced retirement; he took four shots at the goal. The next game is scheduled for Friday in Plzeň.
Retired hockey defenceman Jaroslav Špaček is set to return to ice in Wednesday’s game five of the Czech playoffs finals, the news website isport.cz reported. The 39-year-old Olympic champion from the Nagano Games, who played 13 seasons in the NHL, retired last summer but will appear for his former club Plzeň against Zlín. A manager for the club said Plzeň missed several players and persuaded Špaček to come back. Plzeň and Zlín are tied 2:2 in the best-of-seven final series.
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