Moscow earns Cup!

By a goal, Moscow Spartak are champions of the EURO League. The Russian team won 3-2 against the defending champion Paris Rouges Eiffels Thursday night. Moscow seemed to have won it with superior effort in the second and third periods, when they outshot Paris 10-4 and 14-5. Anze Kopitar’s 9th playoff goal was the eventual…

Kuusk goal means a Game 7 for the Cup

Ken Kuusk may not crowd Joan D’Arc, Charlemagne or Charles De Gaulle out on the list of biggest heroes in France’s history, but they sure like him a lot right now. Six-and-a-half minutes into overtime, Kuusk took a slapshot that went in past Jaro Halak to give Paris a 4-3 win in Game 6 of the EURO Cup…

Paris penalties play role in Game 5

Moscow has broken serve, winning 5-4 Tuesday to become the first visiting team to win a game in the EURO Cup Finals series and Spartak is now one win away from the Cup. That big moment could come Thursday in Russia.  But Paris faced two elimination games last series against Athens, and they responded with…

Best 2 out of 3 wins the Cup

As expected, the EURO Cup finals series is tighter than Rose’s waistband. After dropping a pair of games to the defending champions in Paris, Moscow Spartak responded with two wins on home ice. The series is now a best two out of three and the winner will get the third-ever EURO Cup. In Game 3,…

The Stats Place

From Geoffrey Paul, our esteemed colleague in London: You may have seen me experimenting with what data is available to me on websim in an attempt to extrapolate possession numbers. This is relatively easy to eyeball, especially for someone who has been reading up on the stats that are becoming more popular (corsi,fenwick, and PDO…

Moscow at home for next two, trailing 0-2

Paris fans hope last round’s near-death experience taught the Rouge Eiffels players a lesson about playing to the end. After winning 5-4 Wednesday on a Josef Vasicek overtime goal, the Eiffels are now up 2-0 in the Finals against Moscow. But they were up 2-0 in the Southern Conference finals against Athens two weeks ago…

Paris gets jump on Moscow with 5-1 win

In a case of role reversal, Moscow Spartak took too many penalties Monday and was shelled by mighty Paris 5-1 in the opening game of the EURO Cup finals. Three Paris defensemen scored in the game and the Rouges Eiffels’ powerplay was masterful, clicking on 4 of 9 opportunities. Paris kept feeding the puck to…