Playoffs in the Top-7 European national leagues

By pbadmin

IIHF Press Release

Below are links to the results pages of the Top-7 Euro leagues and/or national associations. The champions of the six top-ranked European countries will play in the 2007 IIHF European Champions Cup in St. Petersburg (Jan. 11-14, 2007) to determine the top club team in Europe.

Below are links to the results pages of the Top-7 Euro leagues and/or national associations. The champions of the six top-ranked European countries will play in the 2007 IIHF European Champions Cup in St. Petersburg (Jan. 11-14, 2007) to determine the top club team in Europe.


Czech Republic — defending champion: HC M-Pardubice (out of playoff)


Czech notes: Slavia Prague to meet Ceske Budejovice in semi-final. In the other semi-final it will be Sparta Prague vs. Znojemsti Orli. Sparta and Znojemsti both went to seven games in their quarterfinal series.



Finland — defending champion: Kärpät Oulu


Finn notes: Quarterfinals: Kärpät-Blues, HIFK-SaiPa, HPK-Ilves, Tappara-Ässet. After the first game, all of the higher-seeded teams have 1-0 leads as Kärpät, HIFK, HPK and Tappara all won.



Germany — defending champion: Eisbären Berlin


German notes: Köln and Berlin are both into the semi finals. The two remaining quarterfinals are going to game six. The DEG Metro Stars are up 3-2 on Hamburg, while Ingolstadt also has a 3-2 advantage over Hannover.



Russia — defending champion: Dynamo Moscow (eliminated in QF)


Russian notes: QF Ak Bars Kazan, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Avangard Omsk each have 2-0 leads in the quarterfinals, while Metallurg and Lada Togliatti are split in their quarterfinal series, 1-1.



Slovakia — defending champion: Slovan Bratislava (eliminated in QF)


Slovak notes: SF: Nitra-Zilina (start March 24), Kosice-Poprad (March 26)



Sweden — defending champion: Frölunda Indians, Goteborg


Swede notes: SF (start March 25): HV71-Farjestad, Frolunda-Linkoping



Switzerland — defending champion: HC Davos


Swiss notes: SF: The Lugano-Kolten series is even at 1-1, while Davos has a 2-0 lead over Rapperswil-Jona.

Note: Swiss club Lugano became the first team in any European league playoff to win a best-of-seven series after being down 3-0 in games. Rival Ambri-Piotta lost the last four games 5-4 (OT), 2-1, 5-2 and 5-1. Lugano became just the third club in hockey history to stage such a comeback after the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs (against Detroit in the finals) and the 1975 N.Y. Islanders (against Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals).


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