Duns, Eagles tied with Milan for 2nd overall

Munich 5, Milan 4Munich moved into a tie for 2nd overall by beating previously second-best Milan. Penalties might have been the difference because Milan gave Munich 5 powerplay chances to just one Dun penalty. Munich defenseman Alexandre Picard scored his first goal of the year in the first period and his second of the year in the second period. For Milan, Jordan Staal was their best player, scoring twice.  Munich coach Glen Gulutzan gave top goalie Jonathan Quick a rest, opting to start Scott Clemmensen instead. Clemmensen made the coach look good by stopping 20 of 24 shots and getting the win.

Bratislava 6, Athens 0

Craig Anderson, who wasn’t drafted until the 13th round, is now at the top of the goalie stats lists. His shutout against the Greeks gives him a 1.65 goals against average and a .936 save percentage. The Eagles are now tied with Munich and Milan for second overall, 3 points behind Bern. Tim Connolly turned in another fine game on the team’s top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa. Connolly had 8 shots on goal and 2 goals. Zac Rinaldo tried to get his team going in the second period while they were trailing 3-0 on the scoreb0ard. He dropped the gloves with monsterous Zdeno Chara and survived. The fight didn’t help much as Bratislava came out stronger in the third period, outshooting the Greeks 16-6 and scoring three more goals.

Gothenberg 5, Geneva 4 (shootout)

Mike Fisher hasn’t had the best of starts for the Geneva Generals. Centering the second line, he came into Friday’s game with no goals and 3 assists. With his team down 2-0 in the second period, Fisher scored his first of the year to keep the game within reach. Fast forward to the shootout, round 8, right after Ales Hemsky’s goal gave Gothenberg the lead. Fisher moved in with a chance to force another round of shots, but he rang one of the post next to Martin Brodeur. David Booth was named the game’s first star after scoring 2 goals for Gothenberg.

Stockholm 6, Edinburgh 5 (shootout)

Stockholm was outshot but fought off Edinburgh long enough to get to the shootout, where they were a machine. Loui Eriksson, Miko Koivu and Eric Staal all came through with goals on James Reimer.  Edinburgh’s Jay Bouwmeester and his defense partner Francois Beauchemin worked well together Friday, but that’s nothing new to Edinburgh fans. Bouwmeester has surprised many by being second on his team in scoring with 11 points, trailing only Jamie Benn (15 points.) Bouwmeester was named the first star against Stockholm, while Benn and Spartan Daniel Cleary each scored two goals.

Dublin 4, St. Petersburg 2

Americans Ryan Kesler and Phil Kessel set each other up for second period goals to lead the Fighting Irish. The teams were even in shots (each had 37) and in injured defensemen. Andrew Ference of St. Petersburg left with an injury in the third period about 14 minutes before Dublin’s James Wisniewski did the same.  Wisniewski had scored right after Ference’s injury occurred. Evgeni Nabokov got a rare start in place of Tim Thomas and won by stopping 35 shots.

Madrid 6, Paris 4
Six different players scored for the Royals and five of them did so in the first 25 minutes  against Eiffel goalie Jose Theodore.  They built a 5-1 lead that Paris could not recover from. Gabriel Landeskog, the top overall draft pick who was traded from Milan to Madrid for Dustin Brown and picks that turned out being Trevor Daley and Chris Kreider, was named the first star Friday after scoring 3 points and getting off 7 shots.

League notes:

Milan traded versatile young forward Andrew Cogliano to Edinburgh, getting a second round pick in next year’s draft in return. Cogliano had not been used in a game yet for the Guerriero.

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