Munich blitzed Bern for a 5-1 win Tuesday to even their series at 2 games each. The winner will go on to play Geneva, who swept Bratislava in four straight games. Bern goalie Mike Smith wasn’t as sharp as Jonathan Quick Tuesday and Matt Cooke and Brooks Laich each scored two for the Foxes. Bern was the first team to score when Henrik Zetterberg put in his 9th goal of the post season with about 2 minutes left in the first period. But Steve Downie tied the game on his first shift of the second period and Munich went on to score 4 more. They ended up outshooting the Bears 30-20. Cooke, Laich and defenseman Dan Boyle combined for 15 shots by themselves for Munich. Two of Bern’s biggest stars – Jason Spezza and Ray Whitney – were minus 3 in the game. Worse yet for the Bears, Andy McDonald, who has 11 points in 10 playoff games and 3 game-winning goals, twisted a knee and will likely be out of the lineup on Thursday.
Geneva 6, Bratislava 3
Bratislava put up a good fight against the President’s Trophy winner, and were leading 3-1 halfway through the game, but Geneva pressed on the accelerator and drove the home team right out of the playoffs. Mike Fisher, who leads the league in playoff scoring, scored twice. He opened the scoring in the game for Geneva before Tyler Myers, Kyle Brodziak and Jonathan Toews gave Eagles fans all kinds of hope. Grinders Darren Helm and Raffi Torres combined on a play to score a goal and make the fans nervous again with 7 minutes to go in the second. And after a Teemu Selanne goal late in the period, the teams went to the dressing rooms tied at 3-3. Marian Gaborik and Nick Foligno each scored his second of the post season and Fisher got his 7th to send the Generals into the conference finals. David Desharnais recorded 2 assists and joined Fisher and Selanne as multi-point players for Geneva. Fisher has 21 points in 8 playoff games.