Zurich beats Blackhawks 2-1 in exhibition game to win Victoria Cup

ZURICH – ZSC Lions beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 Tuesday in an exhibition game to win the Victoria Cup trophy, marking the Zurich club’s biggest success against an NHL team.

Defenceman Cam Barker put the Blackhawks ahead at 6:13 of the first period.

Zurich’s Patrick Baertschi tied the score with 7:35 left in the opening period on assists by Thibaut Monnet and Andre Signoretti.

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The Lions almost took the lead with about eight minutes left in the second period when a slap shot by Mathias Seger hit the post.

Lukas Grauwiler scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:16 left in the period, handing the Blackhawks their first loss against a European club since 1991.