In Sports News this Monday: Slavia edge clear of relegation with win over Bohemians 1905 that leaves latter bottom with four games left; Kalas impresses on Chelsea league debut; Czech hockey juniors reach final at Under 18 Worlds; and Čajánek’s future in question after veteran inspires Zlín to Extraliga title.
After edging earlier tournament favourites such as Russia or the defending champions Canada at the U-18 hockey worlds the Czech Republic's U-18 squad hit a wall against the United States, losing the final in Finland on Sunday by a score of 5:2. The silver medal finish is nevertheless an historic result for the Czech U-18 squad, which had never before made it to the gold medal match in the competition.
The Czech U-18 national hockey team will - for the first time in its history - play for gold at the World Championships. The squad faces the United States on Sunday evening. The Czech team fought hard in Finland to reach the final, edging Russia as well as defending champions Canada, to advance. Canada faces Sweden in the bronze medal match.
Prague hockey club Lev Praha lost 2:1 on Friday against Magnitogorsk in the KHL’s Gagarin Cup finals. The team was beaten in overtime – its second straight loss – putting Magnitogorsk a win away from the cup. The club leads the best-of-seven series 3:2. The next match takes place in Prague on Monday; Lev will have to win to force a deciding Game 7 back in Russia. No non-Russian team has ever won the Gagarin Cup.
In ice hockey, Lev Praha failed to take a decisive lead in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) finals with defensive errors in the third period allowing Magnitogorsk to take the match 5:3 and tie the best of seven series 2:2. The game had been drawn at 3:3 going into the final period. In spite of late pressure, Lev failed to claw back any goals. The series now moves to Russia with game five scheduled for Saturday. A Czech record KHL audience of just over 17,000 watched the match.
In NHL action on Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens swept Tampa Bay at the
Bell Centre, winning their best-of-seven series 4:0. The Canadiens won the
game 4:3. Czech forward Tomáš Plekanec got an assist in the match;
Ondřej Palata got a goal and an assist for the losing team.
Elsewhere, the San Jose Sharks defeated L.A in overtime to take a 3:0 stranglehold on the series. Upcoming Czech star Tomáš Hertl tied the game at three to send the game to extra time; the winner was scored by Patrick Marleau.
Prague hockey club Lev Praha have taken a 2:1 lead in the Gagarin Cup final against Magnitogorsk. The teams met for Game 3 in Prague on Tuesday. The match appeared headed for overtime, but Lev’s Justin Azvedo scored with just 21 seconds left on the clock to clinch the win. No non-Russian team has ever won the Gagarin Cup; Game 4 takes place in Prague on Thursday.
Kometa Brno beat Zlín 3-1 on Tuesday in Game 4 of the Czech hockey league finals to stave off elimination. Zlín still lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and will have another chance to clinch the title, next time on home ice. If Zlín win, they will claim the league title for the first time in 10 years.
The most storied franchise in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens, will be looking to try and sweep the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round of the playoffs on Tuesday evening at the Bell Centre. On Sunday, the club got a stranglehold on the series, winning 3-2. The game-winning goal was scored by Kladno native Tomáš Plekanec.
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