Handshake line in Dublin; Moscow knots series with Helsinki

Minsk 6, Dublin 3 – The Irish went down fighting, as they outshot the Hussars 42-32, but were still unable to avoid elimination against the league’s top team.  Carey Price made 39 saves in the win to really frustrate the Dublin fans and players. Jordan Staal scored a pair of goals for the Hussars and his left wing Milan Lucic had 3 assists, while defensemen Janne Niskala and Maxim Chudinov were each plus 3 with 2 points. The sweep win for Minsk gives injured centerman Nicklas Backstrom more time to heal his wrist before the second round begins.

Belfast 6, Stockholm 2 – The Giants dominated and take a commending 3-1 lead in the series with a home game coming on Monday. In Game 4, both teams scored two powerplay goals, but Belfast was able to tally four times at even strength to none for the Eagles. James Neal was the offensive star of the game with 4 points, while linemates Evander Kane and Claude Giroux had 3 points each. That line fired 16 shots on the Stockholm net guarded by Braden Holtby.

Copenhagen 6, Gothenburg 2 – The Tridents scored three times in the game’s first four minutes and while Cal Clutterbuck got Gothenburg to within a goal before the period ended, Copenhagen never gave up their lead. In fact they sprinkled on three more goals in the second period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau notched two goals, his first two of the playoffs, to lead the way for the Tridents. Gothenburg just couldn’t get it going, getting outshot 34-16, and they hope to turn the tables back in Sweden on Monday.

Moscow 4, Helsinki 3 – The Dynamo tied the series thanks to a third-period comeback that consisted of goals by Dustin Brown and Chris Stewart that occurred within a stretch of 1:18. This game was abnormal in a couple of ways. First, there was only one powerplay advantage. Usually, Helsinki gives the opponent a half-dozen or more chances to score with the man advantage. Secondly, the winning team – Moscow – got crushed in the faceoff circle. Ryan O’Reilly was 14 of 40; David Backes was 8 of 17; and Brandon Pirri was 3 of 12.

 

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