Copenhagen and Dublin came up with wins Wednesday to force two Game Sevens in the Northern Conference of the EURO League Payoffs.
In Gothenburg, Sweden, goals by Alex Goligoski and Stephen Weiss put the Tridents in front to stay in what had been a see-saw battle and a real nail-biter for the home fans. After a scoreless first period, Dany Heatley finally scored a playoff goal to give the visitors a lead. During the regular season, Heatley was tied for fourth on the Tridents in goals with 23. But just 12 seconds after Heatley’s tally, Adam Henrique set up Jordan Eberle for a goal to tie it for Gothenburg. Kevin Shattenkirk put Copenhagen in front again four minutes later, but early in the third period, Radek Dvorak came up with his third of the post season on a backhand shot that went over Roberto Luongo’s left shoulder. Luongo withstood the Gothenburg attack for the rest of the fast-paced third period and the Tridents knotted the series. Luongo ended up making 36 saves to Martin Brodeur’s 30. Shattenkirk and teammate Andrej Meszaros each blocked 3 shots in the game. During the regular season, the all-star Shattenkirk led the team in blocks with 112.
Dublin 6, Oslo 5
Tomas Fleischmann is the toast of Ireland today. The Czech forward scored an overtime beauty that won the game for Dublin, which was a shot away from being eliminated for about 19 minutes. Ryan Kesler had tied the game late in the third period to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, play was pretty even and the shots were 5-5 when Fleischmann took a Milan Michalek drop pass at the top of the left faceoff circle, deked Oslo defenseman Kris Russell and then faked a shot to freeze Devil goalie Jimmy Howard before wristing the puck into the far side. The goal sent 15,450 Fighting Irish fans into a frenzy. Dublin had been up 3-1 in the second period before Pavel Datsyuk quited the crowd and tied the game with a pairs of goals. The teams then traded scores before Daniel Sedin’s fifth goal of the playoffs – a shorthanded tally- put Oslo in front. Kesler had 2 goals, 1 assist and 7 shots to be named the second star of the game. Datsyuk drew first star honors with 2 goals, 1 assist and a plus 2 rating. Bobby Ryan and Phil Kessel of Dublin and Oslo’s Daniel Briere and Shea Weber also had multi-point nights.