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Giants will aim to tame Panthers in the Play-offs

By Stuart McKinley

The Belfast Giants will definitely be heading to Nottingham in the Play-offs - but for the time being it will be only in the quarter-finals.

Last night's final regular season games saw the Sheffield Steelers beat the Fife Flyers to clinch the Elite League title and all other issues that had still been in doubt after Saturday night's games sorted out.

After finishing their league campaign with a 5-1 win over Fife on Saturday, the Giants were fourth in the table and are also fourth seeds in the Play-offs.

Having a higher seeding than Nottingham gives the Giants home-ice advantage in the second leg of the quarter-final.

The first leg in Nottingham's National Ice Arena - which is also due to host the final - is expected to be confirmed for Saturday, with the return meeting already scheduled for Belfast on Easter Monday, with the winners due to face either Sheffield or Coventry Blaze in the semi-finals on Saturday, April 2.

The other quarters see Cardiff Devils take on Dundee Stars and Braehead Clan meet Fife Flyers.

Meanwhile, James Desmarais was last night named Giants Player of the Season.

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