|Plzeň's Tomáš Vlasák scores his league-leading 30th goal of the|
season. Photo: Milan Podpera, hcplzen.cz.
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As bad as the day was for Kometa Brno, it could have been even worse. Benzina Litvínov and Energie Karlovy Vary could have both clinched playoff berths with victories, which would have mathematically eliminated Brno. However, Litvínov lost 5-2 in České Budějovice and Karlovy Vary lost in a shootout to PSG Zlín, picking up 1 point. Still, they will need to win their final 2 games in regulation and hope either Litvínov or Karlovy Vary lose both of theirs.
The win by Mountfield České Budějovice and Eaton Pardubice hammering Vagnerplast Kladno 7-3 means Slavia slides back to seventh. Getting a top-six spot is key, as these teams will advance directly to the quarter-finals, while teams seven through 10 play a best-of-five play-in round. Pardubice was led by 4 goals from Radovan Somík.
Vítkovice Steel beat BK Mladá Boleslav 3-1. Vítkovice remains in fourth place, a point behind Zlín, while Boleslav is now 5 points back of Kladno with 2 games left, meaning their magic number is down to 1, as far as being forced into a play-out series against the First League winner.
Though they have long been out of the playoff race, Sparta Praha beat Bílí Tigři Liberec in a shootout on Wednesday to prevent Liberec from moving into a first place tie with their North Bohemian rivals from Třinec. David Výborny scored the shootout winner.