The Boston Bruins, featuring Czech players Jaromír Jágr and David Krejčí, have reached the final of the NHL’s Stanley Cup. The Bruins’ 1:0 victory on Friday over the Pittsburgh Penguins – whose goaltender was another Czech, Tomáš Vokoun – gave them an unassailable 4:0 lead on games. Jágr, who joined the Bruins in April, last won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992.
The Boston Bruins, with players David Krejčí and Jaromír Jágr, are a win away from making the Stanley Cup finals after defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2:1 on Wednesday to take a commanding 3:0 series lead. The winning goal was scored by Patrice Bergeron in 2nd overtime on a play begun by Jágr against the boards. The 41-year-old Czech legend dug the puck out from Malkin, passing to Marchand who set up Bergeron for the winner. Goalie Tomáš Vokoun, who stopped 38 shots on the night, had little chance. In the playoffs, the Bruins’ Jágr, who has two Stanley Cup rings from more than two decades ago, has been effective at key moments; his teammate, David Krejčí, leads the postseason on points. So far he has scored nine goals and racked up 12 assists.
The Czech goaltender Tomáš Vokoun was benched in an NHL game for Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday that ended in a 6:1 defeat to Boston Bruins. One of the Bruins goal scorers on Monday was another Czech, forward David Krejčí, who helped the club open up a 2:0 lead on games in the Eastern Conference final.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, with goalie Tomáš Vokoun, have advanced to the next round of the NHL playoffs. They did so by defeating the Ottawa Senators on Friday by a score of 6:2. Ottawa managed to clinch only one win the best-of-seven series. Vokoun has been very solid in Pittsburgh’s run; on Friday he stopped 29 shots. The Pens will face the winner of the Bruins-Rangers series next; Boston has a stranglehold in that series, leading 3:1.
Czech hockey player David Krejči has continued in excellent form in the NHL post-season, earning two assists in the Bruins’ second game against the New York Rangers. Boston won by a score of 5:2 to take a 2:0 lead in their best-of-seven series. In the first round, the Bruins eliminated the Montreal Canadiens. Krejči leads on points in the playoffs, with 16 (eleven assists and five goals so far).
Earlier this week, hockey fans hoped that the Czech national team had finally found its legs in a 7-0 drubbing of Norway. But that was as good as things would get. Although the Czechs avoided the embarrassment of an early exit and made the quarterfinal, they again faced tournament’s biggest surprise this year, the Swiss, and were defeated.
The Czech Republic lost to the Swiss 2:1, in an emotional quarterfinal match at the Hockey World Championship in Sweden. The Swiss got in their first goal within the first seven minutes of the match thanks to the Czech defenseman Marek Židlický, who ricocheted the puck, after the goalkeeper’s successful save, off of his shin and into the net. The Swiss surged ahead with a second goal in the next period. In the thir perio, the Czechs used the first power play to their advantage, when Zdeňek Kutlák, who used to play for the Swiss team Ambri-Piotta, scored the team’s first and only goal. Despite the pressure the Czechs put on their opponents in the last 10 minutes of the match, they were unable to turn the game around. The Czechs lost their chance at a medal this year, making this the first time they will be heading home without a world cup title since 2009.
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