Zurich finishes strong

Zurich 7, Prague 3

Ryan Miller and Prague Sparta seemed to have Thursday’s game with Zurich in hand at the half-way mark. They were up 3-0 after getting goals from Jason Pominville, Zach Parise and P-A Parenteau. Then Zurich shooters seemed to have figured out Miller and boy did they turn it on in a game that featured mostly offense all night long. Prague wound up losing on home ice, 7-3. Prague outshot Zurich 35-33, but Brian Elliott was strong enough for keep the Sparta side of the scoreboard down to 3. Defenseman Jack Hillen and right wing Drew Stafford each scored a pair of goals for the winners. Attendance in Prague was 22,500.

Copenhagen 3, Athens 0

Copenhagen went to 3-0 on the season with a shutout win over Athens. The Tridents turned away 6 Greek powerplays and Roberto Luongo stopped 27 in the win. Goal scoring came from Derek Roy,  Stephen Weiss and defenseman Fyodor Tyutin. Andrew Ladd continued to contribute offensively, getting two assists. Athens’ top line of David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Evander Kane got a lot of shots on Luongo (16 of them) but were a minus 1 for the game.

Edinburgh 4, Stockholm 2

The Capitals got into the win column despite being outshot 37-24. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist was named the number one star.  The Spartans fought back to tie the game in the second period, but a David Steckel goal in the third put Edinburgh in front to stay.

Munich 6, Paris 2

Paris was undisciplined and unlucky. The Eiffels took 9 penalties and allowed 4 powerplay goals, and lost a defenseman, Carlo Colaiacovo to injury. Munich poured 38 shots on goals and five players found the back of the net, with Joe Thornton collecting goals 4 and 5 on the season.

Minsk 5, Oslo 4

Brayden Schenn slammed home a rebound to cap a Minsk comeback and give his club a one-goal victory. Oslo had a big advantage in shots and Daniel Sedin scored a hat trick, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Hussars. Minsk got goals from 5 different players, with grinder Matt Martin leading them in shots with 5.

Bratislava 5, Madrid 2

Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to give the home fans a win Thursday. Tim Connolly, filling in on the top Bratislava line, had a goal and an assist to help the cause. For Madrid, Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov, both scored their second goal of the season.

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