Generals hold off Foxes for 9th straight

The Geneva Generals came out strong and held on to win their ninth playoff game in nine tries. Outshooting Munich 15-4 in the first period and 15-7 in the second, Geneva held a 3-0 advantage after two on goals by Chris Kunitz, Michael Del Zotto and Patrick Marleau. But halfway through the third period, the Foxes started a comeback with Saku Koivu scoring his first goal of the playoffs before Joe Thornton rifled home his 7th on a Munich powerplay. The goals quieted the Swiss fans for a while, but they simultaneously cheered loudly and breathed a sigh of relief when David Desharnais one-timed a Marian Gaborik pass to beat Munich goalie Jon Quick with 1:19 remaining.  With the two-goal lead restored, Geneva left their guard down and Munich belted them one more time on the ensuing faceoff: Thornton to Milan Hejduk, to Patrik Elias and it was a one-goal game again. Munich pulled Quick in the final 50 seconds and were pressing for the game-tying goal, but with 7 seconds left, Mike Fisher slid the puck into the empty net. Powerplays were key in the game, with Geneva converting 3 of 7 chances into goals. The Foxes were 1 for 3 with the man advantage. Gaborik ended up as the game’s first star, piling up 4 assists and getting 6 shots on Quick. Ageless Teemu Selanne added a pair of assists for the Generals, while Hejduk and Thornton each had two points for Munich.

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