In Sport News this Monday: the final series playoffs in the Czech ice hockey Extraliga get off to an exciting start, with surprise package Karlovy Vary beating Slavia in Prague in the opening game; goaltender Dominik Hašek (43) wins his third trophy for the fewest goals conceded in the regular season; the Czech men’s team travel to Moscow for a Davis Cup quarter-finals clash; Sparta edge ahead in the Czech football league, with Slavia due to play on Monday evening; and the Czech national team doctor says Tomáš Rosický has come to terms with the fact he may not play for Arsenal again this season.
Extraliga playoffs final series get off to exciting start
“It is hard. It’s the final and everybody’s going full out. That was a lesson from yesterday’s game – it was end to end stuff. Today we played more from the back and waited to see what they would come up with. Luckily we scored a few goals…we were the better side today, and we deserved to win.”
The next game in the best-of-seven series takes place on Tuesday in Karlovy Vary.
Veteran Hašek takes third trophy for fewest goals conceded
Czech men travel to Moscow for Davis Cup quarter-finals clash
Sparta edge ahead in Czech league ahead of Slavia- Plzeň game
Sparta Prague have pulled in front in the Czech football league, at least momentarily: they beat České Budějovice 1:0 at home on Saturday to move one point ahead of Slavia Prague, with six games remaining. Slavia can regain top spot if they beat Plzeň away on Monday evening; that game was due to take place after the recording of this programme.
Czech national doctor: Euro 2008 now priority for injured Rosický
The Czech national team doctor Petr Krejčí says captain Tomáš Rosický has come to terms with the fact he may not appear for Arsenal again this season. The midfielder has been out with a persistent tendon injury since January. Krejci told the daily Sport that Rosicky wouldn’t risk intensive training until the European Championship, which was the player’s “absolute priority”.
Boot in face puts further break on Čech return for Chelsea
Meanwhile, Petr Čech has suffered a setback in his return from an ankle injury. The goalkeeper required surgery after sustaining cuts to his lip and chin when he took a kick in the face from a Chelsea team-mate in training on Sunday.