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Eisbaren Berlin : With the courage of despair,

words sometimes tell only half the truth. "I believe that we can win the series," said ice bears forward James Sheppard after the 2:5 in the fourth Play-off quarter-final on Friday evening against RB München. And his colleague Marcel Noebels, said: "We write off, is dangerous." Anyone who saw the two players in the faces, could recognize, however, hardly any Confidence. To clear the difference between the master and the Berliners had previously been on the ice, the people of Munich seem to come in the course of the series getting better and better in the swing. In the case of the polar bears Berlin, the Trend is rather going in the other direction. And so the hope is before the fifth duel on Sunday in Munich (17 p.m., live on sports 1) pretty much the last thing that remains the Berliners.

After all, they feed also from the fact that it was in the previous year in the final series also 3:1 for Munich, the decision was made then, but it was only in the seventh game in favor of the team of Don Jackson. The coach, no friend to say a large in advance, then said on Friday: "We think game by game and prepare ourselves on Sunday."

If this preparation is similar to meticulously how to game four, it will be very difficult for the polar bears. The Munich managed on Friday, to avoid the error, the period at the 0:4 in Berlin had become before the week's downfall. They were from the beginning, dominant, workers, and the opponent in his Zone and made it to take hits at the right time, the crowd out of the game. "In hockey, it's always the little things, and has made better. We were not good enough to beat them,“ said Berlin coach Stéphane Richer, and announced to the lineup for game five of the more intense thoughts.

Back from the height of flight

Particularly disappointed with the polar bears-Coach was that his team ran to the Start of the game, and thus, the own match plan destroyed early. "We have not started the way we wanted to and that cost us the game," admitted Sheppard and surprised with the statement: "Perhaps we have been in the beginning a little bit nervous and have us focused on the wrong things." His recipe for Sunday: "We need to turn off the head and play."

In the first two duels had done the polar bear exactly the and the opponent to Think. The Berliner appeared to be loose, and Munich looked like an aging Boxer who knows his strength, but with the opponent not like to deal with and that is why will be surprised. It speaks, however, for Jackson, that he has drawn with the Team the right conclusions from game one and two. This must now succeed even Richer, with the question of "How"? "If you want to win against Munich, you have to earn it," said Sheppard.

Only the polar bears have been able to retrieve in this season much too rarely meritorious services, and so this quarter-final could run now, but as the has hinted at six months in the season. Ninth place after the first round had to do with the many injuries in the Team, but not only. A bit, it seems that the Berlin get to know their boundaries. and after their time in flight, now, back to the landing schedule.

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but this season is not over. In hockey, it can rotate in the shortest amount of time. And in the previous year, the sentences of the Berlin sounded after the defeat in game four as slogans. The polar bears have it in our hands to make more of them. For this you need to have your words on Sunday, but also with deeds.

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