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.
Sparta Prague grabbed a 2-1 series lead against Liberec on Monday winning the third match of the best-of-seven Extraliga final by a score of 4-1. Sparta, drew first blood at home in front of 16,768 fans and added three more goals before Liberec got on the scoreboard, all in the second period. Sparta capitalised on their powerplay while Liberec paid the price, showing a lack of discipline. The clubs face each other again on Tuesday.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech women reach fifth Fed Cup final in six years after beating Swiss in Lucerne; Sparta boss Ščasný “concedes” title race to Plzeň with five rounds to go; Liberec and Sparta tied 1:1 in Extraliga playoffs final; and Chodov become Czech floorball champions in front of record crowd.
The Florida Panthers, with Czech star player Jaromír Jágr, were defeated on Sunday in Game 3 at Barclay’s Center of their first round Stanley Cup playoff match-up against the New York Islanders. The win sees the Isles take a 2-1 series lead. The Islanders scored in overtime to clinch the win. The final score was 4:3. In the pre-game run-up, NHL.com suggested on a list of five things the Panthers needed to do as the series shifted to Brooklyn, was for the top line of Jágr, Huberdeau, Barkov to “break through”. Barkov scored on Sunday and Huberdeau earned an assist but Jágr was kept without a point. Game 4 takes place on Wednesday.
A number of Czech players in the NHL have agreed to play for the national squad at this year’s Ice Hockey World Championships set to begin on May 6 in Russia. Players who agreed to play under coach Vladimír Vůjtek include goalie Ondřej Pavelec, defencemen Michal Jordan and Jakub Nakládal and forward Tomáš Plekanec, all of whose NHL clubs failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. David Krejčí, of the Boston Bruins, is not expected, idnes reported.
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