After each game, until when at least 4 teams are playing, we propose you our “Top & Flop” special version for the playoffs.
Our “Team on Fire”, our “Three Stars”, our “Special Mentions”, our “Surprises” and our “Disappointment”. As it is always the case, among the three stars we won’t include only the players who performed the best… but those that in our opinion, one way or another, have made their mark,
THE TEAM “ON FIRE”
Agatha Christie said that… one coincidence is just a coincidence, two coincidences are a clue, three coincidences are a proof. If this also applies to Zug, we can say that a perfect performance is a coincidence, two perfect performances are a clue… if then the Bulls are able to deliver also on Thursday night a performance like the last two we’ll have the proof that the perfect performance does exist!
Zug won 2-0 game-4 in Lausanne but don’t be deceived by the final score. The Bulls’ win was never in danger, that’s because they’ve delivered the umpteenth extraordinary performance of the playoffs 2019!
This is the reason why Zug are our team “on fire” for the second consecutive time!
What Dan Tangnes’ guys are doing is impressive, they’re bringing ice hockey into another level. The Bulls are solid yet attacking minded. They’re highly organized but unpredictable at the same time. They’re a real Team – with a capital T – but in the mean time the players can make the difference thanks to an individual play. And let us not forget that, whenever required, they can even increase the level of their physical play and they bring a lot of emotions into the games.
We mean, we’re talking about a complete team in every way!
We had the proof of that also during game-4 at the Malley 2.0. Moreover, the win earned at the Malley 2.0 is even more valuable because no one can say that the Lions Vaudois really underperformed.
Wow… just, wow… keep it up, Bulls!
OUR THREE STARS OF GAME-4
Jan Mursak (SC Berna)
Il looks like Bern are finally entered the playoffs mode and among the reasons there is the growth – game after game – of Jan Mursak! The Bears’ forward played as a center in the middle of Andrew Ebbett and Daniele Grassi during the last two games. And this offensive line is giving a hard time to Bienne…
Jan is a very good player who can make himself dangerous every time he’s on ice. Moreover, he’s able to increase the level of play of whoever plays alongside him. Finally, during game-4 in Bienne the Slovenian has also been effective at face-offs.
Every year, in each winning team, there is a player who, at some point of the playoffs, increases his level of play and become the hero of the season. What about this year is Jan Mursak the one?
Lino Martschini (EV Zug)
Zug delivered a real team performance in Lausanne, therefore it makes little sense to talk about a single player. All the players are important but no one is indispensable.
We think it’s fair, however, to stress what Lino Martschini is doing in the post-season. Oftentimes Lino has been described as a great player who is unable to make the difference during the playoffs… and instead, this year, he’s playing the best playoffs of his career!
He tallied 12 points in 8 playoffs games. He tallied 7 points in 4 semifinal games. He tallied 2 points also in game-4…. including a goal. A goal that was pure beauty and set the 2-0 final score. It was a real hammer, a bundle of smartness, power and accuracy.
Yep, guys… Lino Martschini is on fire!
Sandro Zurkirchen (Lausanne HC)
Sandro Zurkirchen maybe didn’t deliver the best performance of his career… but he deserves big credit for the fact that Lausanne lost only 2-0 and stayed in the game until the end.
As we’ve already said, the Lions Vaudois didn’t underperform… but Zug were just too good, it’s as simple as that. And Sandro Zurkirchen had a rough night.
He had to face 33 shots, most of them extremely dangerous and difficult to save. He saved 31 of them though… we mean, in our opinion he delivered an excellent performance. There were moments during the game when the Bulls were just unstoppable… claws were required to stop them, and Sandro’s claws came out… just like a real Lion.
It wasn’t enough to win the game. It was enough, in our opinion, to deserve a mention among the top of game-4!
THE SPECIAL MENTION FOR… SCORING MACHINE
4 semifinal games against Bern… 4 goals. Regardless of the final scores and the performances, it looks like Damien Brunner has a taste for scoring against Genoni and he just can’t stop!
He’s always been able, also thanks to his teammates, to have clear scoring opportunities. And he’s been able to put the puck in the net like in the old days. And there are those who call Damien an old war horse…
Instead, he’s proving for the umpteenth time in career to be a real scoring machine!
Not enough physical play
Playoffs are synonymous with emotions, excitement, hearts keep racing… and also physical play.
The truth is, however, that both semifinals – except for rare occasions – aren’t gifting fans with plenty of physical play. Frankly speaking, we feel like something is missing because part of the show is missing.
Ehy guys, we’re not saying that ice rinks must turn into arenas with 10 worked up players who stab and smash each other. Yet, in our opinion, a little bit more of physical play wouldn’t hurt 🙂
Bienne didn’t underperform against Bern in game-4. They had enough scoring chances and they could even win the game. The truth is, however, that the Bears have done everything “a little bit” better.
The Seeländers proved able to create scoring opportunities… way too often though, we had the impression that there was not enough spirit of self-sacrifice… many shots in fact, were easy to save for Leonardo Genoni who’s barely been screened.
Moreover, we also had the impression that more emotions were needed.
We mean, up and at them, Bienne! There is still time to get back on track. Then again, to go from 2-0 to 2-2 overall in the series is painful and echoes what happened 12 months ago… it’s not time to think about it though, even if only because dynamics are very different compared to last season against Lugano.
At this round, however, the Seeländers are our disappointment.