Belfast, Moscow advance to Round 2

Moscow 3, Helsinki 1 – The sixth seed in the Northern Conference has advanced to the second round of the playoffs as Moscow conquered Helsinki Wednesday. Both goalies were good, but Alexander Salak of the Dynamo was better, stopping 34 of 35 Helsinki shots in a game that saw 13 powerplay situations. Moscow opened the scoring when Ryan O’Reilly tipped in a Nick Leddy shot in the first period and that goal stood as the lone goal of the game until five minutes passed in the third period. Then Moscow put the game away with two more goals, taking a 3–0 lead and forcing the Jokerit to throw everything but the kitchen Helsinki at Salak. O’Reilly is now the league leader in playoff goals this season with 6 goals in 6 games. Moscow has had pretty good luck against the Minsk Hussars this season and that’s who they will play in Round 2.

Belfast 3, Stockholm 0 – Jonathan Quick shut out Stockholm, making 30 saves, and the Giants have advanced to the second round and a 4- to 7-game date with Copenhagen. Defensemen P.K. Subban and Oliver Ekman-Larsson both scored goals for the winners and Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist. Subban and Ekman-Larsson, along with fellow blueliners Victor Hedman and Justin Faulk all scored points and played a key role on the penalty killing units that stuffed Stockholm’s powerplay 5 times in the game. Claude Giroux was the Giants’ top scorer in the first round with 12 points in 6 games. Evander Kane and James Neal were next with 9 points. No Stockholm player had more than 3 points.

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