Powerplay chances, Halak help Moscow advance

Kevin Dallman scored two powerplay goals and Chris Higgins scored the game-winner to lift Moscow Spartak into the Northern Conference finals against Copenhagen. In Game 6 of their series with Helsinki, the Russians faced a tough, game Jokerit team in front of the Finnish Sea of Blue fans. The difference was in the penalties. Moscow had 9 powerplays to work with, Helsinki just one. Each period had a different feel to it. The first was just about as even as could be. Justin Abdelkader and Eleizer Sherbatov scored goals for the home team, but Dallman answered both with goals of his own. In the second period, Helsinki outshot Moscow 10-5 but Jaroslav Halak was fantastic in the Moscow goal. He stopped all 10 of those shots and made 35 throughout the game. Helsinki increased the pressure in the third period, but while Brad Marchand was sitting in the penalty box, Helsinki penalty killed Jim Slater tried to clear the puck, Moscow’s Alexei Kalyuzhny knocked it down and quickly fed Derek Roy, who made a move to get past Nerius Alisauskas and then fed a perfect goal-mouth pass to Higgins who had half an open  net to shoot at and he scored with 14:03 left.  Halak made several more good saves and the Jokerit were done for the year. Helsinki made it to the quarterfinals by making it through a legendary 7-game playoff series with Gothenburg.  Paul Stastny was the team’s leading scoring in the playoffs (15 points in 13 games), with the second best output coming from an unlikley source in Abdelkader, who finished with 10 points in 13 games. Brad Marchand was third in scoring for Helsinki but he took a team-high 23 minutes in penalties and many of them came at crucial times. Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba was called up for Game 3 of the Gothenburg series and never came out. He tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 8 points.

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