Big guns start firing in Stockholm

Stockholm 6, Minsk 3

It’s probably no coincidence that once Stockholm’s big guns finally started scoring goals, the Spartans got into the win column. Their first win in six games came when Shane Doan, Loui Eriksson and Miko Koivu all scored their first goals of the year. Those goals came in the first period against Minsk goalkeeper Carey Price, who faced 40 shots just one night earlier in a Minsk win. The second period belonged to the game’s first star, Eric Staal, who scored twice in the middle frame, his second calling for a review from league officials in Vienna. After a video review, it was determined the puck crossed the goal line a fraction of a second before the period ended.

Munich 4, Madrid 3
The Duns came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to win it in regulation time behind the goaltending of Jon Quick. Joe Thornton scored his 7th and 8th of the season in the win, while teammates Chris Higgins and Milan Hejduk also tallied. For Madrid, it was Erik Karlsson, Jeff Carter and the Goose, Paul Gaustad who got the goals. Ryan Johansen had two assists in just 7 minutes of ice time for the Royals, while Jarome Iginla and Brooks Laich each had a pair of assists for Munich, which is currently just a point behind Bern in the Schloder Division standings.

Geneva 6, St. Petersburg 0
The shots were even at 29 for each team, but Geneva’s Kari Lehtonen was as stingy as one could get, while Pekka Rinne wasn’t sharp. Patrick Marleau was the offensive star of the game, getting 6 shots on goal and tallying 2 goals and 2 assists. Chris Kunitz had 3 points for the Generals. Willie Mitchell had a good game for St. Petersburg, registering 4 hits and blocking 4 shots. The Geneva powerplay was excellent, cashing in on 4 of 8 chances.

Moscow 4, Frankfurt 3 (shootout)
Moscow definitely outplayed the Inferno, but a late Steven Stamkos goal forced overtime. Jaroslav Halak stopped both Frankfurt shots he faced in the shootout, and goals by Alexander Ovechkin and James Van Riemsdyk gave Moscow the win in front of more than 21,000 fans who went ballistic with each goal. The three Dynamo players who scored in regulation time – Jannik Hansen, Duncan Keith and Mike Knuble – each had no goals entering the contest. Moscow is still waiting for Ovechkin and Anze Kopitar to blossom this season. Each has only 3 points thus far. When they do catch fire, look out. Moscow has recently moved into second place in the Kharlamov Division. Frankfurt relied on their top forward line of Stamkos, Claude Giroux and Alex Steen for all their goals Wednesday.

Belfast 4, Copenhagen 1
Belfast was outshot by 11 shots but still rolled over previously unbeaten Copenhagen on Wednesday. A crowd of 22,500 cheered on Cory Schneider while he was turning away 31 Trident shots, including 15 from defensemen. Young Matt Duchene was the star of the show for the Giants, scoring once and assisting on two other goals. Ice time was very evenly spread by the Giants, who also got a multi-point night from defenseman Victor Hedman. There were only 3 minor penalties called in the Ahearne Division game.

Prague 7, Paris 6 (shootout)
They started calling him Jason Prague-nville on Wednesday after Jason Pominville moved into second in the league in scoring with a goal and two assists in the win over Paris. Pominville also scored in the shootout. Sparta is now 5-1-0 while Les Rouge Eiffels fall to 3-2-1. The game would never have made it to overtime if Brett Clark of Prague had not scored with 34 seconds left in the third. It was the defenseman’s third goal of the season. Corey Perry had three points in regulation for Paris, but both he and Evgeni Malkin were stopped in overtime by Ryan Miller of Prague. It was a tough game for both Miller and Jose Theodore’s goalie stats, and while most skaters had good nights, two Sparta defensemen – Tom Gilbert and Scott Hannan – were minus 3 on the night.

League notes:

  • Dublin and London will go at for the third time already this season when the Fighting Irish visit the Queen and Parliament on Thursday. Dublin won both meetings this season by scores of 2-1 and 5-4.
  • Frankfurt goalie Ondrej Pavelec is really struggling early on. He is last among EURO goalies in goals against average (5.30) and has only stopped 85 percent of the shots he’s faced. Fortunately for the Inferno, backup Ray Enery has been doing an excellent job filling in the gaps. Emery’s goals against of 1.15 only trails Antti Niemi of Milan, although Emery only has 52 minutes of ice time under his belt.
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