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Giants hit magnificent seven on return home

Belfast Giants 7-2 Edinburgh Capitals

By Stuart McKinley

The Giants are back in Belfast - with a bang.

They returned to the SSE Arena after six weeks on the road and treated home fans to a host of goals and a convincing victory over the Edinburgh Capitals.

It was, however, only in the third period that they made their dominance count, with five goals inside 10 minutes.

The Giants had earlier taken a two-goal lead thanks to Brendan Connolly and Sebastien Sylvestre before Edinburgh levelled with a double in the second period from Ainars Podzins and Sergei Banashkov.

Darcy Murphy, Jim Vandermeer, Sylvestre Colin Shields, Spiro Goulakos scored in quick succession to complete the win and move the Giants to within four points of the Cardiff Devils at the top of the table.

They will now try to make it a four-point weekend when Braehead Clan come to Belfast tonight.

The Giants started with real purpose and bossed proceedings from early on and it was a surprise that it took until 9:30 for them to break the deadlock.

Connolly finished on a powerplay after being set up by Spiro Goulakos and Cole Jarrett.

They were hit with a charging penalty against Sylvestre early in the second period and he had hardly had time to get acquainted with his surroundings in the box when Edinburgh pulled one back.

Ainars Podzins slotted the puck past Chris Truehl after being set up by Tyler Plews and Dylan Anderson.

Although the Giants had by far the lion's share of scoring chances, the points were still in the balance as the third period approached its halfway stage.

This was when they took control of the game and turned up the heat.

Murphy got the go-ahead goal with a nice wraparound finish after collecting the puck from David Rutherford at 49:53.

That was the sign for the floodgates to open.

Blair Riley and Steve Saviano set up Vandermeer to finish with a fine strike from the blueline at 51:23 that flew high into the net, and there was no way back for the Capitals when Sylvestre scored his second of the night on a powerplay at 53:37.

There was more to come from the Giants in the final five minutes, with the impressive Sylvestre playing a part as they took the final scoreline to 7-2.

The impressive Sylvestre was then integral to the powerplay unit - along with Shields - that opened up the space for Goulakos to rattle home a fine slapshot with 49 seconds to go to complete the victory.

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