In Sports News: Hockey’s Vítkovice win a dramatic Game 4 to stay alive in the Extraliga hockey finals; in the NHL, goalie Vokoun blanks Washington; football’s Olomouc &Ústí continue downward slide; Petr Čech and Chelsea will have their work cut out for them in Champions League second-leg match against Manchester United.
Hockey: Vítkovice battle back to avoid sweep
But he missed.
Within the same minute, Klimek scored the equaliser for Vítkovice, taking Game 4 to extra time and eventually penalty shots where Vítkovice triumphed, an amazing turn-around to a dramatic game. Vítkovice players were naturally thrilled – but there’s no denying they still have their work cut out for them at 3:1 in the series.
As for Třinec, so close to winning, here’s what the team’s coach Břetislav Kopřiva had to say:
Peterka, the man who could have scored, meanwhile headed straight for the locker room after the final buzzer, refusing to talk to journalists; his teammates backed him up, saying situations like that could happen to anyone. Třinec now have a second chance to win the title on Tuesday.
NHL: Vokoun earns shutout against Caps in final regular season game
The NHL regular season has wrapped-up with the playoffs beginning on Wednesday: one of those who will not be taking part, though, is Czech goalie Tomáš Vokoun who plays for the Florida Panthers. His team finished last in the Eastern Conference. Despite the team’s miserable record, Vokoun has shown good form: in the final match he turned away 28 shots by the powerhouse Washington Capitals, and helped his team to a 1:0 win.
Czech fans are elated that Vokoun, the Czech team’s starting goalie, was free to sign up for the upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia. The Czechs are the defending champions. Regarding Vokoun’s future with the Panthers: this season for the 35-year-old gaolie may have been his last as his contract runs out in the summer leaving him a free agent.
Football: Olomouc fail to score for fourth straight game
In other matches, Mladá Boleslav beat Teplice 2:1 and last-place Ústí nad Labem continued their downward spiral, losing 2:0 to České Budějovice.
Monday will see the latest derby between Prague rivals Sparta and Slavia, although some warn it will be the last in a while, as Slavia are in danger of moving to the lower leagues due to serious financial difficulties. As a result, the usual tough talk ahead of the derby between the two Prague teams has been replaced by expressions of solidarity. Derbies played by the clubs since 1993 give Sparta a slight edge of 16:14. Over that period, the teams have tied five times.