Shorthanded goals sink Lisbon in Game 1

Game 1 of the EURO Cup finals started out in jittery fashion, with sloppy play, penalty parades and shaky goaltending, but when the third period rolled around, Belfast was able to clamp things down and skate away with the win, 6-3. Two shorthanded goals scored by Belfast seemed to really deflate and rattle Lisbon. The…

Commissioner and Rose look ahead to Finals

The stage is set for the final series of Season 7 against two fast-paced teams capable of putting up goals in bunches. The Belfast Giants are the favorites to win their third Cup in four seasons, but the underdog role doesn’t seem to bother the surprise of the playoffs – Lisbon H.C. – at all.…

Moscow, Lisbon get past Minsk, Athens

The conference finals matchups are set after two tense series ended with Game 7 wins for the road teams. Both Moscow and Lisbon entered the playoffs as 6th seeds. Moscow upset the defending champion Hussars in seven games. Minsk won the first two games of the series in convincing fashion before Moscow evened the series…

Belfast, Bratislava move on; other two series locked at 2-2

Two teams are through to the conference finals in their respective conferences, while the four remaining teams are locked in 2-2 series. Belfast eliminated Copenhagen in short order, allowing just three Trident goals in the four games. Just about the whole Belfast gang contributed to the series win. The line of Ondrej Palat, Nathan MacKinnon…

Three favored teams off to good starts in second round

With each series a game in, three favored teams jumped out to good starts with convincing wins. Belfast 3, Copenhagen 0 – The Giants looked huge, outshooting the Tridents 42-21 and 17-5 in the final period. Ondrej Palat and P.K. Subban started Copenhagen’s pain by scoring first-period goals, with Palat adding another in the third…

Milan win leaves Calzone taste in Smurfs’ mouth

Milan 2, Berlin 1 – The Guerriero pulled off a shocker in knocking the second-seeded Berlin Smurfs out of the playoffs on Saturday. Andrew “Il Hamburgerscassinatore” Hammond played a major part in the success story, making 33 saves in three separate wins in the series, including Saturday’s. The only goal he allowed in the contest was a…