50 games qualification. And now for the ZSC Lions and Servette everything on a single game. In Geneva, it is now the evening of the last Playoff participants. "Actually, the last seven months for the cat," said the Zurich-based Pius Suter to the 6:2 on Saturday against the Lakers and added to lift the impending Drama on the stage: "Win or lose, Playoff or not."
A Showdown today. Or "one-eighth final, game 7," as it's called ZSC-Captain Patrick Geering. There are many names, the bill is simple: The Servettiens are only in the Playoff, if you after 60 minutes wins, otherwise there are the Lions.
"you Must play to win"
One point is enough so, but, and this is not even a phrase, don't want to think the Zurich. On a draw play? "This is not in the ice hockey not even possible," says Suter. It could happen on the ice so much, a promise rungener Puck, a Zufallstor. "No, we must play to win," said Suter, and Geering.
A success in Geneva in a big Match, with his back to the wall. Since the Zurich Fans will remember on the one hand, to the victory in the third final game of 2008, as the ZSC was in the series 0:2 behind and then Daniel Schnyder, Kevin Gloor and Jan Alston shot the Lions to a 3:2 victory shot – it was the beginning of the end of the title dreams Servettes.
And then there was this 4:3 in a penalty shoot-out on 23. December 2011, Geneva led in the final third of 3:1 and the ZSC forced, thanks to a late balancing Mathias Seger in double the number of Overtime. The victory was the stand at the origin of the upturn, at the end of the season, the Zurich master.
The recipe is always the same
Geering was crazy at the time, has nothing to forget: "it was! Such games in which you need to in an extreme situation away in a witch's cauldron a little tear there." The recipe was always trying to be the same: "to want to actively create something." For Suter it is important to survive: "The first five minutes, the be difficult. Geneva is physical play, the Fans will be crazy. Because you have to and the Puck from their own Zone to shoot ..."
not doing So is exactly what the ZSC on Saturday in the short weak Phase in the middle third of the fact. To be shortened Rapperswil-Jona 2:3, in short, all the Zurich's efforts in the start-third seemed to have been in vain. To 3:0 the Lions had played, finally, what they had preached before, often: a lot of the work of the striker, constant Forechecking, even the defensive player, to join courageously in the work of disruption. "I imagine it to be for opposing defenders difficult, if we play like that," says Geering.
The reaction of a trio
The most striking of the line of Suter's was. The Center and the wings, Simon Bodenmann and Denis Hollenstein had. on Friday at 4:5 in Bern annoyed about the defeat, but also about themselves and the personal 0:3-the balance sheet in a game in which to you managed to The Motivation of the trio against the Lakers was quickly noticeable, because, according to Suter, "a game we could not afford".
Also today, in Geneva, it will need the usually the best line of the Lions. All it will need, say, of course, Suter and Geering. And the title of 2018 was in the current season so far, not really a help, but rather a promoter of self-sufficiency, could help the experience of the last Playoff game 50. Geering says: "We have a lot of people in the Team who have experienced this Situation already."
still Remains: the Dilemma of Servette. So beautiful are the memories of earlier victories, so the current season balance 0:3 victories, 2:8 goals. This must change, a fourth Geknorze with a bad output can no longer afford the ZSC. There's also a pinch of Humor and a sense of relaxation that may help: "We have geknorzt this season not only against Geneva, but against every opponent," says Suter.
Geering emphasises the special feature of the upcoming experience: "of Course I wouldn't mind to be in ten Games for the Playoff-qualified. Now we go a detour. This will be a fight. This is gonna be good!"
Created: 04.03.2019, 06:16 PM