The Munich Fox had the better of play throughout the game and outshot Bern 30-18 but lost 5-2. The box score looked a lot like the Bern box scores we were seeing early in the season. Ray Whitney opened the scoring, Jason Spezza had a pair of goals and Mike Smith was busy making 28 saves. Jonathan Quick did not play his usual game. The former Stanley Cup winning goalie made just 13 saves on 18 shots and his team now trails 2-1 in the series. Among the better players for Bern were Dennis Seidenberg (1 goal, 5 hits and 1 blocked shot), Adrian Aucoin (4 hits and 2 blocked shots), Radim Vrbata and Henrik Zetterberg (2 assists each). While the Foxes’ top line of Joe Thornton, Milan Hejduk and Patrik Elias was active offensively, producing 8 shots and one goal, they neglected their defensively responsibilities enough to be minus 3 as a unit. Saku Koivu had 5 shots and 2 blocked shots for Munich, while teammate Brooks Laich had 6 hits and a blocked shot.
Geneva 6, Bratislava 2
The Geneva-Bratislava series had a familiar ring to it when Michael Del Zotto scored his first playoff goal about 5 minutes into the second period. The goal put the Generals into a comfortable 5-0 lead and gave them a 16-0 advantage in goals scored during the series. A half-minute after Del Zotto’s goal, Lee Stempniak finally scored the Eagles’ first goal of the series after taking a little drop pass from Martin Erat, but Geneva was able to coast to win number 3 in the series. Patrick Marleau and Marion Gaborik were the offensive stars Sunday for the Generals. Each had a goal and 3 assists. Defenseman Brad Stuart scored two goals while forward Teemu Selanne added a pair of assists. The bright spot for Bratislava was the fact that for the first time in three games, they had two players finish the game with plus ratings. The third defense pair of Douglas Murray and Kevin Greene played about 13 minutes and was plus 1. The game also featured a playoff rarity as Zdeno Chara of Bratislava and Geneva’s Nick Foligno duked it out in a second-period fight and most observers thought Foligno got the better of Chara. The top 5 plus-minus players in the playoffs thus far are all Generals, with Mike Fisher leading the way at plus 15. Fisher’s 18 points also gives him the lead in that category over everyone else in the league.