Even after nearly six periods of hockey that included 10 hits and 6 shots on goal, Nicklas Lidstrom’s 41-year-old body still had enough juice for one more big, important shot. Lidstrom’s overtime slapshot
goal ended the Game 2 marathon between his Geneva Generals and the Munich Fox on Friday to give Geneva a 2-0 in the playoff series. With Munich’s Dion Phaneuf in the penalty box for tripping, the Generals gained the Munich zone and started passing around deftly. Munich goalie Jonathan Quick was moved back and forth and he wasn’t quite set when the puck got to Lidstrom at the top of the faceoff circle to Quick’s right. The veteran Swede blasted a shot to the far side to win the game. All the scoring during the regulation time of the game came in the second period when Patrik Elias scored his 4th of the playoffs for Munich before Mike Fisher tied it about 6 minutes later with his 9th of the post season. Quick ended up making 67 saves in the 112-minute battle, while winning goalie Kari Lehtonen made 50 saves. The refs didn’t put the whistles away entirely during the overtime periods, with each team getting called 3 times for fouls before Phaneuf’s penalty. Munich’s Dan Boyle and Alexandre Picard helped Quick by blocking 5 and 4 shots respectively, while Jim Slater had a nice game in his 20 minutes of ice time, getting off 2 shots, blocking 1 shot and rattling the Generals with 9 hits. Aside from Lidstrom Geneva’s most impressive stats came from Fisher, who scored, had 8 shots, 4 hits and 3 blocked shots; defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Dennis Wideman, who each had 3 blocked shots and 3 hits; and Teemu Selanne the right winger who had 8 shots and an assist. Lidstrom now has 3 goals and 9 points in 10 playoff games. He scored 13 goals and had 45 points in 72 games during the regular season.