Fighting Irish take lead over Lynx

Goalie Tim Thomas kept the Dublin Fighting Irish in the game long enough for the line of Olli Jokinen, Milan Michalek and Thomas Fleischmann to come up with some heroics and give the underdogs a 2-1 series lead.  After St. Petersburg quieted the Dublin crowd with two first-period goals – Willie Mitchell and David Legwand each scored their third of the playoffs – Dublin started clawing their way back into it in the second period. That’s when Evander Kane skated in on a shorthanded breakaway to beat Pekka Rinne and make it a one-goal game. as picked up an assist on the goal as he stopped a St. Petersburg shoot-in and got the puck up the boards to Ryan Kesler, who sprung Kane ont he breakaway. In the third period, the Jokinen line tallied twice while they were on the ice against St. Petersburg’s line or Artem Anisimov, Eric Belanger and Viktor Stalberg. The last goal came with 13:40 remaining, but Thomas, the Irish and 15,450 screaming wouldn’t let Petrograd tie the game. James Wisniewski made an impression with 7 hits.

Stockholm 5, Copenhagen 2

Loui Ericsson’s two goals in the first 17 minutes of the game gave Stockholm the momentum they needed to beat Copenhagen and get back into the second round series. Copenhagen leads the series 2-1 with the home team winning each time so far. On Saturday, Steve Sullivan scored before the end of the first period, and while Copenhagen was able to climb right back into the game with two of their own, the Spartans pulled away in the third on goals by Shane Doan and Mika Koivu. Copenhagen’s goals were scored by Andrej Mezsaros and Andrew Ladd. Stockholm’s Jordan Leopold logged 31 minutes of ice time – more than anyone else – and had an assist, 3 hits and 4 blocked shots, although he ended as a minus 1. Another Stockholm defenseman, Travis Hamonic, logged only 8 minutes of time before limping off the ice after a collision against the boards with Ladd. Hamonic, who is plus 7 through 8 playoff games is out indefinitely. He will be replaced in the lineup bu Corey Potter, who played physically in his 10 games with the Spartans this season. Potter did have a penchant for giving the puck however, with 9 in those 10 games to just 3 takeaways.

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