Spezza continues to light it up

Bern 5, Helsinki 1

Bern center Jason Spezza was drafted in the middle of the fourth round, but the way he’s playing makes many ask “Shouldn’t this guy have gone first overall?” Spezza led the Bears to a 5-1 win over visiting Helsinki on Friday with two goals and an assist. He also had 8 shots on goal, was a plus 3, and won the majority of the faceoffs he took. In three games with undefeated Bern, Spezza leads the league in goals (7), points (10) and is tied for first in plus-minus with 7 other players at plus 5. Helsinki was able to hang with Bern in shots on goal, but they gave up too many power play chances and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov wasn’t as sharp as his counterpart Mike Smith.

Frankfurt 7, Belfast 6 (overtime)

Chris Kelly scored his first goal of the year in overtime to decide a wild contest. Two of the league’s biggest guns finally started firing as Steven Stamkos of Frankfurt and Sidney Crosby of Belfast each score their first and second goals of the year. Belfast nearly pulled out a comeback win after being down 4-0, but Alex Steen’s goal with 11 seconds left forced overtime and gave Kelly a chance to be the hero. More than 21,000 Belfast fans were in attendance.

Milan 4, Gothenberg 2

All the goals came in the second period and the difference could have been Milan’s powerplay, which clicked for two goals to Gothenberg’s zero. Trevor Daley had two assists and Milan teammate had 6 hits and a blocked shot, but it was Gothenberg’s Dan Girardi who had the best numbers among defensemen with 6 hits, 2 blocked shots and 2 shots in  23 minutes of ice time. Milan’s Sheldon Souray went out in the third period with an apparent back injury.

Berlin 4, St. Petersburg 1

Mika Kiprusoff was solid in goal for Berlin, but the key to the game was the fact Petrograd spent almost the entire first period, and half the third a man short due to penalties. The Lynx took 12 penalties on Friday, leading to two PP goals by R.J. Umberger. Still, shots were even by the end of the game at 24-24. Kris Versteeg had one-quarter of Berlin’s shots on goal, but had no points to show for it.

Dublin 5, London 4 (shootout)

Dublin did it to London again, getting its second one-goal win of the Knights in the young season. London outshot the Fighting Irish 39-22, but ended up with a loss when Phil Kessel scored on a deciding shootout chance against Marc-Andre Fleury.For Dublin, goalie Tim Thomas made 35 saves in regulation and overtime before making 2 more in the shootout. Tyler Bozak and Luca Sbisa had two points each for London, while Ryan Kesler and Bobby Ryan did the same for Dublin. Bozak also won 75 percent of the 24 draws he took.

Geneva 6, Moscow 4

The home team was outshot and outscored and the home crowd was taken out of it early as Geneva pounced on Dynamo for a 4-0 first period lead. Moscow’s Jaroslav Halak was yanked from the game after allowing 3 goals on 6 shots and his replacement, Nikolai Khabibulin carried on to make 22 saves on 25 shots. Rumblings of a goalie controversy in the Moscow media with some favoring the Russian backup over the Slovakian starter. Geneva was led by Mike Fisher who got 7 shots on goal and recorded his first three assists of the season. All-world defenseman Niclas Lidstrom sustained a finger injury on the first shift of the game and didn’t return. Geneva gave no indication how long Lidstrom will be out of the lineup.


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