A fantastic game by Merzlikins, able to raise the level of his game with the beginning of the playoff, the defensive compactness and the physical presence in the slot, the sacrifice by everyone in the defensive third and the class plays by Klasen and Pettersson in the shootouts.
These are the atout that allowed Lugano to win at the Bossard Arena in Zug the first game of the playoff quarterfinals, with the result of 2-1 after the shootouts.
This Lugano was transformed compared to his standards for the away games during the regular season. Hirschi and his teammates, without Ulmer and Hofmann and with Lapierre on the ice, have played a solid, smart and concentrate game.
Zug denoted a certain territorial supremacy. But Lugano defended well, limitating Martschini, Suri and Bouchard and creating a lot of goal chances.
The serie seems to be very balanced. Both of the teams have a lot o talent, are well organized on the ice and players that can find the winning play anytime.