Munich, Phaneuf give Bears a beating

Dion Phaneuf broke a 1-1 tie in the second and Munich marched on to a convincing win in Bern to even their playoff series on Friday. Despite a 7-3 advantage in powerplay chances, the Bears couldn’t catch the Foxes after Phaneuf’s long slapper beat Mike Smith with 15:55 to go in the second period. Josh Bailey scored a few minutes later to put Munich up 3-1 and Jonathan Quick was steady in the Fox net. But Munich lost a solid defenseman when Joe Corvo suffered a hernia after just 5 minutes of playing time. The 34-year-old was a plus 29 during the regular season and a plus 3 so far in the playoffs. Corvo is done for the series and perhaps the rest of the playoffs. Munich GM jcc1644 called up 26-year-old Alexandre Picard to replace him. Picard played 33 games during the regular season and was a minus 7. Bern also lost a veteran player to injury on Friday. Pascal Dupuis, the 32-year-old left wing who played in all 82 regular season is out with an undisclosed lower body injury. Dupuis had 22 goals and 22 assists for Bern this season and 5 assists in the playoffs. His plus-minus rating was plus 12 during the season but a worrisome minus 8 in the playoffs. Gutsy Ethan Moreau assumes Dupuis’ spot in the Bern lineup. Among the notable performers Friday were Bern’s Dennis Seidenberg (6 hits and 2 blocks), Radim Vrbata (7 shots and an assist) and Ray Whitney (1 goal and 1 assist); as well as Munich’s Phaneuf (1 goal, 2 assists, plus 2, 5 hits and 1 blocked shot), Joe Thornton (1 goal, 2 assists, 5 shots, 3 hits and 16 of 26 on faceoffs) and Roman Hamrlik (1 goal, plus 2, 3 blocked shots.)

Geneva 6, Bratislava 0

The Bratislava Eagles had a miserable two-game trip to Switzerland this week. They allowed 11 goals in the two games and have yet to get a puck past Kari Lehtonen in the Geneva net. On Friday, Geneva outshot Bratislava 37-26 and had a 7-2 advantage in powerplay chances. The score was already 3-0 just 13 minutes into the game and then Teemu Selanne scored his 4th and 5th of the playoffs. He was named the game’s first star. Selanne and Mike Fisher each had three-point games for the Generals. Defensemen Brad Stuart and Mike Weaver both scored their first goals of the playoffs, with Patrick Marleau (2nd of the post season) and David Desharnais (4th) scoring the other goals. Nicklas Lidstrom also played well for the winners, getting an assist, 3 shots, 3 hits and 4 blocked shots. Every player in the Eagles lineup was at least a munis 1 and if there was a bright spot, it was the defense pairing of Christian Ehrhoff (2 hits and 4 blocked shots) and Tyler Myers (3 shots, 5 hits and 1 blocked shot).

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