Dublin wins; on verge of another upset

The Dublin Fighting Irish, who finished the regular season in the middle of the pack and as the fifth seed in the Northern Conference, are now a game away from making it to the EURO Cup Finals.  The Irish were considered underdogs in each of their three playoff series to date, and have previously ousted Oslo and St. Petersburg. For the third straight game, Dublin defeated the Copenhagen Tridents and they did so on Monday in pretty convincing fashion. Jaromir Jagr was the only goal scorer in the first period and the only one in the second to set the pace for Dublin. After being outshot by Copenhagen 9-4 in the first period, the Irish went on a tear, outshooting the Tridents 16-4 and 15-8 over the final two periods. Tim Thomas allowed Brandon Sutter to score for Copenhagen midway through the third period to make it a 2-1 contest, but Dublin’s Tomas Fleischmann (his 5th goal of the playoffs) and Evander Kane (12th) put the game away. Tomas Plekanec assisted on both Jagr goals as well as Kane’s tally, while Jagr also picked up an assist on that one. Plekanec, who scored 17 goals and 54 points in 82 regular season games, is now riding a 7-game point scoring streak. He and teammate Ryan Kesler were strong in the faceoff circle Monday, and defenseman Nikita Nikitin contributed with an assist, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Sutter, despite having trouble winning draws, was the most effective Trident with 2 hits and 2 blocks in addition to his goal. The teams will fly to Denmark for Game 5 of the series, which turns out to be a do or die situation for the Tridents.

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