Ice hockey's Stanley Cup playoffs have been underway since early April with results leaving many Czech fans plenty to cheer about. Jaromir Jagr's New York Rangers, for instance, as well as Dominik Hasek's Red Wings have so far seen success. But in the Czech Republic the NHL playoffs aren't the only tournament worth watching: this Friday the Ice Hockey World Championship gets underway in Moscow and understandably many eyes will be on the Czech team.
In Sports News this week: Milan Baros says his alleged racist gesture to an opposing black player has been blown out of proportion, Liberec's footballers put pressure on Slavia and Sparta ahead of their eagerly awaited Prague derby on Monday, the Czech ladies' tennis team enjoy a resounding victory over Slovakia in the Fed Cup, and the Czech Republic's ice hockey players take third place in the Euro Hockey Tour ahead of this week's world championship.
The Czech Republic has made third place in the Euro Hockey Tour. The Czech team beat Finland 2:0 in Saturday's match in Prague's Sazka Arena. The tournament is an annual ice hockey event for teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The competition mainly serves as preparation for the World Championships or Olympics, allowing less experienced players to collect valuable ice time in their national colours.
The New York Rangers - with star forward Jaromir Jagr - have become the first NHL team in this year's postseason to advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs. The Rangers defeated Atlanta 4:2 on Wednesday night, completing a four-game sweep. Jagr as well as fellow Czech Michal Rozsival contributed with a goal apiece on the night while Martin Straka tallied one assist. The last time the Rangers won a playoff series was in 1997.
Ice hockey's Sparta Prague defend championship title; Jagr's Rangers and Hasek's Red Wings take early 2:0 series leads in the Stanley Cup playoffs; Cech helps English football side Chelsea to FA Cup final against Manchester; in the domestic league Liberec draw 0:0 to fall five points behind second-place Sparta Prague who inched closer to top spot.
Thursday evening saw ice hockey's New York Rangers open their series against Atlanta in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Rangers got on the board with the first goal coming from star forward Jarmoir Jagr. The Rangers hung on to eventually win 4:3. Curiously, after the game Jagr expressed disappointment he had been the first on his team to score: he suggested it brought him bad luck. He also scored first for the Rangers in the regular season, but then found himself struggling.
In Sports News this week: the Czech ice hockey Extraliga playoffs take a dramatic turn, with Pardubice beating Sparta in Prague to keep their hopes alive; in the football league, Slavia Prague go four points clear as they maintain their hundred percent record since the season resumed; Sparta Prague, meanwhile, are beaten and kick two players out of their A squad; and racing driver Tomas Enge is set to make a complete recovery after fracturing his elbow in a crash.
In ice hockey, the Detroit Red Wings - home to 42-year-old Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek - have entered the final week of the regular season atop NHL league standings. On Sunday Detroit downed Columbus 4:1, with the Blue Jackets spoiling Dominik Hasek's bid for a 76th career shutout with only around one minute remaining. Hasek made 31 saves on the night. The Red Wings have now earned points in six straight games to surpass Buffalo in the race for top spot.
In Sports News this week: a useful away win keeps Slavia's footballers top of the Gambrinus League; ice hockey's final Extraliga playoff series is about to get underway; racing-car driver Tomas Enge is in a stable condition after crashing badly at the weekend, and Czechs take a bronze medal at the world track cycling championships in Spain.
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