Niemi blanks Belfast again; Orpik the star

Milan 5, Belfast 0

The Guerriero delighted 15,450 home fans with another Antti Niemi shutout on Wednesday. Niemi’s first shout came in the second game of the season, also against Belfast. Milan seemed to be trying to give Belfast chances to score by taking 10 penalties, but the Giants were unable to get one across the goal line. In fact, the had trouble getting the puck even close to the goal line, as Milan outshot them 44-14. As good as Niemi was for Milan, teammate Brooks Orpik definitely outshined him. How is this for a stats line for the American-born former Penguin defenseman? He took 6 shots, had 2 goals and one assist, was a plus 3, blocked 3 Belfast shots and was credited with an astounding 8 hits.

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Bern’s Andy McDonald scores a second-goal against Moscow goal Jaroslav Halak on Wednesday. Bern won by a goal.

Bern 6, Moscow 5

The Moscow Dynamo let a 4-2 lead in the second period deteriorate into a one-goal loss on Wednesday. With a little more than 3 minutes to go in the second, and with Moscow’s Shane O’Brien in the penalty box, Jason Spezza started the Bears on a 4-goal run that including tallies by Radim Vrbata, Tobias Enstrom and Pascal Dupuis, all of whom came into the game with 2 goals on the season. The game cost both teams a defenseman. O’Brien sustained a groin injury, while Bern’s Ron Hainsey, who is a plus 9 through 9 games, is out at least 2 weeks with an ankle injury.

Helsinki 4, Prague 3 (shoot out)

Paul Stastny, Helsinki’s fifth shooter in the shootout, ended a tight contest with a wrist shot that beat Ryan Miller of Prague over the glove hand. Brad Marchant was Jokerit’s offensive star in regulation time, with 2 goals on 6 shots. He also threw his weight around with 4 hits. Zach Parise was on his game for Prague, scoring 2 goals and getting an assist. He had 6 shots on goal in a whopping 31 minutes of ice time. Steve Mason stopped 32 shots to earn the win for Helsinki.

Munich 3, Dublin 2

The Duns outshot the Fighting Irish 33-20, but it took Dan Boyle’s first goal of the season to win it for Munich in the third period. Twice the Duns took the lead in the game and twice Dublin tied it. Despite the cantankerous efforts of four players who recorded 4 or more hits in the game, it was relatively penalty-free. Dublin took four minor penalties and Munich was whistled just once. Munich’s offense was fueled by Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton, who each had a pair of assists. Both teams will have Thursday off.

Berlin 5, Stockholm 4 (overtime)

Brian Campbell is Smurf of the Day after he led an against-the-odds comeback to beat the Spartans. Berlin trailed 4-0 with 22 minutes left in regulation time before reeling off 5 straight goals. Campbell had the Smurfs’ first goal and the one that tied the game and forced overtime. In OT, Stockholm’s Miko Koivu took a hooking penalty and it appeared the Spartans were going to penalty kill their way to the shootout, but R.J. Umberger ripped a low shot through traffic to win it with 16 ticks left. Daniel Cleary had 2 goals for Stockholm.

Copenhagen 4, Oslo 2

Oslo had a 37-26 advantage in shots, but their North Sea neighbors to the south came away with the victory. Roberto Luongo played well between the pipes for the Tridents, stopping 35 shots.  Only Stephen Weiss and Kevin Shattenkirk were able to score for Copenhagen, and each did so twice. Weiss now has 6 goals this season and Shattenkirk, a defenseman, has 4. Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Briere scored for Oslo. The Devils have to watch the penalties. They made it easier for Copenhagen’s defense by taking 8 minor penalties, including 6 straight at one point.

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