Hockey forward Tomáš Plekanec earned an assist in the Montreal
Canadiens’ dramatic win over the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup
playoffs on Thursday. The Canadiens twice rallied from behind, tying the
game with only seconds remaining. Montreal then scored in the first minute
of overtime to win 3-2.
In other action, Milan Hejduk scored for the Colorado Avalanche against Detroit – but his goal, while enough to put his team within distance, but not enough for a win. The Red Wings – with Chris Osgood in net, not Dominik Hašek – edged Colorado by a score of 4-3.
Five time Ice Hockey world champion David Výborný is headed for Prague’s Sparta hockey team next season. The player, who was signed with Columbus in the NHL, agreed to a three-year contract. Výborný was part of the national team which won the world championship gold in Vienna in 1996 as well as in 2005.
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Czech ice hockey keeper Tomáš Vokoun has been forbideen by his club, Florida Panthers, to take part in next month’s World Championships in Canada, the Czech national coach Alois Hadamczik said on Saturday. Vokoun has been suffering from a strain hernia since the end of the regular NHL season. He wanted to play in spite of the injury but doctors have recommended an immediate operation.
The Montreal Canadiens missed an opportunity to knock the Boston Bruins out of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday. The game was tied a goal apiece after two periods but the Bruins exploded on the offense in the 3rd, adding four goals for a final score of 5-1. David Krejčí racked up two assists, while forward Vladimir Sobotka scored the final goal of the game – his first in the playoffs – with around two minutes remaining. Montreal still leads the series 3-2 but Boston will hope to win at home on Saturday to force Game 7.
Slavia Praha clinched the Czech ice-hockey cup on Wednesday night, after beating Karlovy Vary 4-2 in game seven of the playoff finals. The game was played out before a record crowd of 17,123 people in Prague’s O2 arena. Karlovy Vary were the biggest surprise of the season, having never made it to the playoffs before and going on this year to beat regular season winner České Budějovice in the semis. But on Thursday, Slavia Praha were just too strong, and won the playoff series by four matches to three.
Slavia Prague battled to a 4-2 victory against Karlovy Vary in the Extraliga Playoff Finals on Thursday evening. It all came down to a decisive Game 7. In the knockout competition 8 teams in the Czech hockey league battle to be champions, more prestigious and important than overall position in the regular season. Jamie Brindley has the story.
In the NHL on Thursday the Detroit Red Wings with goalie Dominik Hašek
got off to a winning start in their best-of-seven series against the
Nashville Predators. Hašek stopped 19 shots on the night, while Jiří
Hudler scored the Red Wings’ opener. The final score was 3-1.
In other action in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens downed traditional rivals the Boston Bruins 4-1 in the first game of their series. Tomáš Plekanec notched up one assist on the night.