Paris, Edinburgh notch OT wins

Paris 2, Minsk 1 (0vertime)

Once again Carey Price was stingy in the Minsk net. The former Montreal Canadiens star has given up just 2 goals in the last 8 periods of hockey, but unfortunately for the Hussars, both of those came in overtime. On Tuesday, Evgeni Malkin put a sudden end to the game by snapping one in from a sharp angle after he, Corey Perry and Derrick Brassard worked the puck around the Minsk zone for about 30 seconds with Minsk shorthanded. The game was scoreless until the third period when a defenseman for each team scored, Alex Pietrangelo scored for Paris and Andrej Sekera for the Hussars. Tuuka Rask was named the first star after stopping 27 Minsk shots including many on 7 powerplay chances.

Madrid 5, Frankfurt 2

Madrid poured 50 shots on Ray Emery and one more into an open net to achieve the win. The shots were spread out evenly, with 16 in the first period, 18 in the second and 17 in the third. Henrik Sedin had 8 shots himself and wound up with a goal and an assist. Paul Gaustad and Gabriel Landeskog each had 2 assists for the winners, while Josh Gorges and Drew Doughty each had a goal and an assist for Frankfurt.

St. Petersburg 4, Gothenberg 1

The Lynx seem to be on a roll lately, as they added another win, as they go to 3-5-1 and have leapfrogged Gothenberg into third place in the Kharlamov Division. Three goals in the third period were the difference, as Daniel Alfredsson and Erik Cole scored powerplay goals after Brad Richards put one in at even strength. Kevin Bieksa of St. Petersburg was the first star, as he had 3 assists, 4 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Edinburgh 4,  Athens 3 (overtime)

After assisting on all 3 of Edinburgh’s goals in regulation, Jamie Benn scored a goal of his own in overtime to win it for the Capitals. Lauri Korpikoski scored two for Edinburgh  in a very close contest. Jay Bouwmeester had 3 assists for the Caps, while the best Greeks were T.J. Oshie and David Backes, with 2 assists each.

London 6, Zurich 0

London was outshot 35-25 but Semyon Varlamov wouldn’t let a single thing past him for the Knights. Zach Bogosian had 3 points, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots for London, which also got good contributions from Michael Grabner (2 goals and 1 assist) and Jake Gardiner (1 assist, 5 hits and 2 blocked shots).

Bratislava 6,  Geneva 1

Bruce Boudreau has a decision to make regarding who will play left wing on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Martin Erat was drafted for just that purpose. Tim Connolly wasn’t drafted period. But when Erat went down with an injury not too long after the season opened, Connolly was asked to fill in and he did an admirable job. Erat then returned to the top LW post and played a few more games before fatigue moved him down a couple of lines to rest. Connolly subbed again and on Tuesday, played like he wants to stay there. He scored 2 goals and had a team-leading 7 shots on goal to lead the Eagles over Geneva 6-1. Toews had 3 assists and Tyler Myers played as big as his 6-8 height, getting 2 assists, being plus 3, with hits and two blocked shots.

League Notes:

You don’t think of Christian Ehrhoff as a tough guy, goon or brawler, but he’s pretty much kissed the Lady Byng Trophy good-bye in just 9 games. The German-born defenseman who plays along side Tyler Myers on the Bratislava Eagles blueline has already been in a pair of fights, one with Zac Rinaldo of Minsk and the other just Tuesday against Ryan Malone of Geneva. No one else in the EURO League has been in more than one fight thus far.

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