Ladd finally solves Ward; Tridents move on

You really can’t blame Stockholm’s Cam Ward for the series-ending loss in Denmark Wednesday. The guy was absolutely pelted with Trident shots and he stopped the first 50 that came his way. The, 8 minutes into sudden death overtime, Copenhagen’s Andrew Ladd suddenly killed the Spartans’ season. After taking a Stephen Weiss pass in the high slot area, Ladd fired a snap shot that Cam Fowler tried to block. But he ended up screening his goalie. The puck went in and the crowd of 18,341 erupted. Copenhagen will now wait for the other Northern Conference playoff series to end before learning whether they will host Dublin for Game 1 of the conference finals, or whether they’ll be boarding a plane for St. Petersburg on that day. Stockholm had their chances in Wednesday’s game, including three powerplay advantages, but Roberto Luongo, who sat out most of the Round 1 series with an injury, was healthy enough to earn a 30-save shutout. Fyodor Tyutin was the best Trident aside from Luongo, as he dished out 4 hits and blocked 3 shots in 19 minutes of ice time. leading the team in shots were Dany Heatley (7), Derek Roy (6) and Jamie Langenbrunner (6). Loui Eriksson fired 6 shots on the Copenhagen net, with teammate Daniel Cleary adding 5 more. A major factor in the game was an injury to top liner Mika Koivu, who left after playing just 5 minutes.

St. Petersburg 6, Dublin 5

Dublin outshot St. Petersburg 29-22 in their attempt to oust the Lynx, but goalie Tim Thomas was human Wednesday, allowing 6 goals on 22 shots. Erik Cole scored a pair of goals to lead St. Petersburg. Things were looking very good for the visiting Irish after the first period. They were up 2-0 thanks to the first playoff goals that Tomas Plekanec and Nick Schultz have been able to score in the EURO League. Pekka Rinne looked shaky in the Lynx net, making just 3 saves in the period. But in the second period, Rinne righted himself, made 12 saves and benefited from 3 Petrograd goals, including two within a minute by Cole and Willie Mitchell, and another Cole goal with just 8 ticks on the clock. The third period was a brawl, with each team scoring three times.  St. Petersburg led 6-3 with 12 and a half minutes to play, but the Irish fought back with goals by Tomas Fleischmann and Evander Kane to make it a one-goal contest for the last five-and-a-half minutes. James Wisniewski of Dublin and Brad Richards of the Lynx were the high scorers with 3 points each. Wisniewski and Keith Yandle were plus 3 as a unit.

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