In Sports News this Monday: Viktoria Plzeň lift Czech league title with three rounds to go – coach Krejčí says November win over rivals Sparta sparked march to championship; Lucie Šafářová shows form of old with Prague Open win; and Jágr is shortlisted for Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication to ice hockey.
Legendary Czech hockey forward Jaromír Jágr has been confirmed as one of the three finalists this year for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player best exemplifying the “qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey”. At 44, Jágr led his team the Florida Panthers on points this season – becoming the oldest player in NHL history to pass the 60 point plateau (he had 61). He helped his team win the Atlantic Division for the first time; hopes for a longer Stanley Cup playoff run were ended in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Islanders. A recent New York Times prolife mapped the player’s training regimen which has helped him stay at the top of his game.
Police have called for fraud charges to be pressed against former national ice hockey coach, Vladimír Rúžička, according to the ČTK news agency citing police sources. The charges relate to his period as trainer at the Prague Slavia club when he is alleged to have received half a million crowns from a wealthy businessman in order that his son would play for the club. The sum never found its way onto the books of the hockey club. The allegations came to light ahead of last year’s ice hockey world championships with Rúžička later resigning his post. He is currently the trainer at Chomutov.
In ice hockey, the Czech Republic team suffered a crushing 2:7 defeat at the hands of Sweden in a warm up match for the upcoming World Championships which was held in Znojmo on Wednesday night. The Czechs were leading 2:1 in the first period but the visitors went on to score a further six goals without reply before the final buzzer. The game was held as part of the Euro Hockey Tour. The Swedes assured first place in the competition. The World Championships take place in Russia in the first week of May.
The Florida Panthers lost 2:1 against the New York Islanders in their
second double overtime game in a row on Sunday. The Panthers led with less
than a minute remaining in the third period but conceded a goal which took
the game into OT. The loss means Florida, with Czech legend Jaromír Jágr,
are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The NHL's website reported that
the 44-year-old showed no signs of wanting to retire but to return to the
game stronger than ever. In six post-season games, Jágr picked up two
assists but did not score.
In other playoff action, a third excellent performance from goalie Michal Neuwirth in a row was not enough to stave off elimination by the Washington Capitals, who beat Philadelphia by a single goal: the final score was 1:0.
Czech goalie Michal Neuwirth and his club the Philadelphia Flyers shut out
the Washington Capitals for their second win in their first round series.
Neuwirth stopped 44 shots while Philly potted two goals for the win. The
team trails 3-2 in their best-of-series after losing the first three games
with Steve Mason in goal. The Flyers will be hoping to win game six on home
In other playoff action, the Florida Panthers and Jaromír Jágr (who had an assist) lost on home ice in second overtime against the New York Islanders and are a game away from elimination. The final score was 2-1. The Panthers trail the series 3-2.
Florida Panthers’ forward Jaromír Jágr earned his 200th career playoff
point on Wednesday as the Panthers edged the New York Islanders 2:1. Their
first-round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs is now tied at two apiece.
On the play in the second period, a resilient Jágr took several whacks at
the puck in front of Islanders goalie Thomas Greisse, before going around
the net and feeding Teddy Purcell who put it away for the opening goal. The
Isles later tied but the Panthers got the go-ahead in the third and held on
for the win. The legendary Jágr now ranks fifth all-time in NHL postseason
In other playoff action, goalie Michal Neuwirth started for the Philadelphia Flyers and stopped 31 shots on the night to help his team avoid a series sweep. Philly won 2:1 against the Washington Capitals, keeping hopes of advancing to the next round alive.
The final of the playoffs in the ice hockey Extraliga is tied at 2:2 after Liberec beat Sparta 4:1 at Prague’s O2 Arena on Tuesday evening. Victory for the hosts would have put them within one win of lifting the title in the best-of-seven series. Liberec goaltender Marek Schwarz, who was preferred to usual starter Ján Lašák, made a major contribution to the victory. The series continues at Liberec’s stadium on Friday.
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