O’Reilly goals lift Moscow; Gothenburg ousted

Moscow 2, Helsinki 1 – Ryan O’Reilly was all business when Game 5 started in Helsinki and he propelled Moscow Dynamo to a one-goal win that gave the team a 3-2 lead in the series. The Jokerit really poured it on in the final period, outshooting Moscow 12-5, but goalie Alexander Salak was good enough to preserve the one-goal lead to which Moscow clung since O’Reilly scored his second with 4:25 left in the first period. That goal came when Moscow enjoyed a 5-on-3 advantage with Helsinki’s Paul Stastny and Nick Hjalmarsson sitting in the penalty box. O’Reilly is tied for the league lead in playoff goals with 5. Helsinki’s Daniel Fernholm was credited with 10 hits in the game and Hjalmarsson had 7. The teams will play in Moscow on Wednesday, when the Dynamo could eliminate Helsinki.

Copenhagen 5, Gothenburg 4 – The fifth seed knocked out the fourth seed in a penalty-filled contest in Sweden.  Gothenburg, who outshot Copenhagen 43-27 in the game, had a 4-2 lead going into the final period, but they couldn’t hold on. Rookie Auston Matthews got the Tridents’ three-goal rally rolling on a powerplay goal, followed 36 seconds later by a Drew Shore tally, his fourth of the series. The winning goal really left a sour taste in Frolunda fans’ mouths because it came while the Tridents were killing off a penalty. Marko Dano moved the puck into the Gothenburg zone and sent a wide pass to Dougie Hamilton, who snapped off a wrist shot that Frolunda goalie Pekka Rinne didn’t seem ready for. And late in the game, Dalton Prout of Copenhagen and Mark Fraser of Gothenburg squared off for their third fight of the series. Like the other two, this one ended in a draw. Goalie Andres De La Garma made 39 saves – 19 of them in the third period – for Copenhagen.

Stockholm 2, Belfast 1 – Stockholm stayed alive in the series, winning by a goal in Belfast. Jack Eichel came up with the game-winning goal, rifling a wrist shot over Jonathan Quick’s glove with 16:16 remaining. Belfast had some chances to tie the game in the third period, but the Eagles really slowed the tempo after Eichel’s goal. Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the first 40 minutes and 9 in the final period. His biggest save came against Ondrej Palat with about 50 seconds left. Holtby went down in a scramble in front of the net and the puck popped out to his right while he was flat on his stomach. Palat lunged for it and slapped it toward the goal but Holtby lifted his leg and kept it from scoring. Belfast leads the series 3-2 and Game 6 will be played in Sweden.


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