Koivu OT goal finishes off Geneva

Paris beats Geneva in series, 4-2

The defending champion Geneva Generals finally capitulated Wednesday, but not without a fight. In a fast-paced game in Geneva, Miko Koivu ended it 13 minutes into overtime after taking a pass from David Perron. It was Koivu’s third goal of the playoffs and it sends Paris into the Southern Conference finals to play Athens. It will be a battle of two of the most improved teams in the league. Neither made the playoffs last season, as Paris placed 19th overall and Athens 20th. On Wednesday, there were a lot of shots on Geneva’s Kari Lehtonen and Paris goalie Tuukka Rask. Geneva outshot Les Rouges Eiffels 41-37 in a game that was a close contest throughout. David Desharnais scored for Geneva to put them up 2-1 going into the third period.Paris scored two (Kris Letang and Evgeny Malkin doing the honors), but Geneva scored two of their own  (Greg Zanon and Marian Gaborik) to regain the lead. Paris, who finished first in the conference during the regular season, pressed for the game-tying goal and got it with 9 minutes to go when Corey Perry one-timed in his 7th goal of the playoffs. From that point on, Paris’ penalty killers were key. They fended off the Generals powerplay two times in the third period and once in overtime before Koivu ended the game. Geneva had strong performances from Dennis Wideman (4 hits and 3 blocked shots), Mike Fisher (7 shots, 3 hits and 1 block) and Gaborik (9 shots, 1 goal, 1 assist and 3 hits).  Malkin, Perry, Perron and defenseman Ossi Vannanen each scored 2 points for Paris and defenseman Travis Hamonic had 6 shots and was plus 2 along with his partner, Vaananen. A factor in the next series might be Corey Perry’s health. He sustained an undisclosed upper body injury and is listed “day to day.”

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