ZSC Lions – Lugano 2:3
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The game: HC Lugano has quietly climbed up the table and is third after their sixth win in a row. The Ticino make their opponents look bad by the dozen. You radiate a great calm. They are very solid defensively, disciplined and lacking in humor, leaving little room for the opponent to breathe. And when they conquer the puck, they play straight ahead without letting themselves be tempted to do magic. If Serge Pelletier’s team manages to maintain their consistency, they will not only secure a place in the top 6, but will also be an extremely unpleasant opponent in the playoffs.
The ZSC Lions, on the other hand, have to be happy if they can stay above the top line for the last six rounds. They cannot be blamed for not trying diligently. The duel against Lugano is intense. But the people of Zurich lack the inspiration and power to overcome Lugano. In view of the quality of the squad, that is surprising.
On the offensive, some stars got into a creative crisis. Denis Hollenstein, who drove the team with his drive and his 20 goals for months, has only scored once in the last 12 games. Simon Bodenmann is running after his form and has now been goalless for eleven games. Not to mention Roman Wick, who is actually still waiting for his first goal of the season. The offensive lull is taking revenge. Not least because goalie Ludovic Waeber does not cut a good figure with the three goals against. With the first from Reto Suri he steers the puck into the goal himself. Then Mark Arcobello and Giovanni Morini catch him from an acute angle. You can’t afford that against this Lugano. (sr)
The best: Mikkel Bödker (Lugano). The Dane with a long NHL past has improved after an initial problem in Switzerland.
The plum: Ludovic Waeber (ZSC Lions). The goalkeeper does not look good with all goals conceded.
The goals: 19. Suri (Lammer, Bürgler / PP) 0: 1. 26. Arcobello (Bürgler, Bödker) 0: 2. 37. Schäppi (Riedi, Rautiainen) 1: 2. 39. Morini (Herburger) 1: 3. 53. Andrighetto (Roe, Noreau / PP) 2: 3.
SCL Tigers – Lausanne 0:2
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The game: The first regular goal is a long time coming. First, the alleged 1-0 of Lausanne is canceled after a successful coach challenge (offside) of the Tigers, then Lardi’s goal does not count because a hand pass is in the game beforehand.
Only when Langnaus Schilt played the puck directly to the opponent shortly before the second break did the guests take the lead. Double bad luck for the defender: Later he is injured and ends up in the hospital. Nilsson and Neukom don’t finish at Langnau either.
In the final section, the Tigers, in which strikers Pascal Berger (muscular problems on the thigh) and Patrick Petrini (hip flexor) are injured and Marcus Nilsson is knocked out, brace themselves again against the defeat. With a lot of heart, but without success.
After the 37th season bankruptcy, the playoffs for the Franzén troop are no longer mathematically possible.
Lausanne, on the other hand, consolidated second place with their fifth win in a row. (CS)
The best: Denis Malgin (Lausanne). Before the 1: 0 he prevails on the boards and then pulls the lid on shortly before the end with the 2: 0.
The plum: Sebastian Schilt (Tigers). Plays the puck directly to the opponent a few seconds before the second break.
The goals: 40. (39:32) Almond (Malgin, Jooris) 0-1. 59. Malgin (Bertschy, Kenins) 0-2 (into the empty goal).
Move – Servette 2: 1
The game: Even before the playoffs, he celebrates his favorite discipline: Getting under the skin of his opponents. EVZ mercenary Justin Abdelkader takes on many servettias. Be it with ex-NHL warhorse Fehr, with whom he also duels in the face-offs. Or with Tommernes in front of the Geneva housing. And he also gets on Völlmin’s nerves several times.
The ex-NHL striker (Detroit) still has to come to terms with the (whistling) customs of the NL refs … He is a regular in the penalty box until the middle of the game. The American then demonstrates that he can do other things: Abdelkader turns the game with two hits in the power play. And by 180 degrees!
Because before that, Zug has hardly any chances of scoring, let alone shots at Geneva goalkeeper Manzato. It takes eight minutes to get to the first, Bachofner has the first dangerous opportunity after 13 minutes.
What are Genevans doing much better than the people of Friborg the night before? They put the young, because thinned out EVZ defense (without Diaz, Alatalo, Schlumpf) under pressure. Should the Zugers go on the offensive, they will be pushed out of the final positions by the dominant Servettiens.
In the middle of the game, Zug’s defensive behavior is so chaotic that coach Dan Tangnes has to take a timeout and asks the group: “What’s going on here?”
After falling behind, the Genevans seek their luck in provoking Abdelkader. But they really grit their teeth to EVZ goalkeeper Genoni, who keeps his team in the game during the pressure phases. (NV)
The best: Leonardo Genoni (train). Keep calm in the Geneva pressure and Zug chaos phases.
The plum: Linus Omark (Servette). Despite a lot of ice age, even for minutes in power play, he does not contribute any of his puck art, which could have decided the game for Geneva.
The goals: 23. Patry (Smirnovs) 0:1. 36. Abdelkader (Geisser, Shore/PP) 1:1. 38. Abdelkader (Kovar, Shore/PP) 2:1.
Published: March 24th, 2021, 10:15 p.m.
Last updated: 24.03.2021, 10:32 p.m.
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