Slavia thought they had opened the scoring at the 15:45 mark of the first period, but the goal was called back because a linesman informed the referees of a high-sticking infraction committed by Slavia's Marek Tomica before the goal was scored. Despite the displeasure of the crowd and the protests from Slavia coach Vladimír Růžička, the call was correct and the game remained scoreless after a period.
|Tomáš Žižka (left) scores his second goal--the eventual game and|
series winner--in the second period on Tuesday. Photo: Martin
All five games in the series were won by the home team. Slavia won the first two at home, the first one in a shootout, before Karlovy Vary bounced back with a home-ice overtime victory in game three on Saturday night. They then followed that up with a 7-0 triumph, which included 5 first-period goals, to force the fifth and deciding contest on Tuesday night.
The Slavia victory sets up a quarterfinal date with Bílí Tigři Liberec in a series that begins in Liberec on Saturday night. Also starting that night will be Benzina Litvínov, who earned a spot in the quarters with a play-in victory over Plzeň, visiting top-seeded Oceláři Třinec. The other two quarterfinal series, the match-ups already determined before the play-in round, begin on Thursday. Those series feature Vítkovice Steel against Mountfield České Budějovice and PSG Zlín against Eaton Pardubice.
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Television channel ČT4 Sport is scheduled to televise one game every night that there is one, although some of the games won't be shown live. Here is the schedule for the first four games. Note that all televised games will also be available online at www.ct24.cz/sport and most other games will be available live at tv.hokej.cz. All times listed are Central European (UTC +1).
|Thu, Mar 3||PSG Zlín||ČT4 Sport 18:00|
|HC Eaton Pardubice|
|Fri, Mar 4||Mountfield Č. Bud.||ČT4 Sport 18:00|
|HC Vítkovice Steel|
|Sat, Mar 5||Bílí Tygři Liberec||ČT4 Sport 19:30|
|HC Slavia Praha|
|Sun, Mar 6||HC Oceláři Třinec||ČT4 Sport 18:00|
|HC Benzina Litvínov|
|Mon, Mar 7||HC Eaton Pardubice||ČT4 Sport 18:00|
|Tue, Mar 8||HC Vítkovice Steel||ČT4 Sport 17:30|
|Mountfield Č. Bud.|
|Wed, Mar 9||HC Benzina Litvínov||ČT4 Sport 18:45|
|HC Oceláři Třinec|
|Thu, Mar 10||HC Slavia Praha||ČT4 Sport 18:00|
|Bílí Tygři Liberec|