The first major trade since the season got started included 6 players, three from Edinburgh packing their bags and heading for St. Petersburg, with 3 going the other way. Edinburgh landed scoring right wing James Neal, shifty winger Andrei Kostitsyn and young defenseman Karl Alzner, while Petrograd got big, young winger Blake Wheeler, steady and reliable Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense, and a good two-way forward in Artem Anismov. The two teams traded identical point totals. The 3 who went to Edinburgh have a total of 11 points, and the 3 who went to St. Petersburg also have a total of 11. The deal was finalized after Edinburgh’s 3-2 win in Dublin. The Capitals are currently 6-5-1 and in 4th place in the Northern Conference, while The Lynx have been struggling at the bottom of the table with 3-7-1 record. St. Petersburg hinted they might not be done dealing as they attempt to right the ship. A trade rumor also surfaced out of Ireland, where it’s said Dublin is willing to part with winger Scott Hartnell.
Helsinki 3, Munich 2 (shootout)
If you look at the shots totals, Helsinki had no business getting to overtime with Munich, let alone winning it in a shootout. But that’s what happened as Jokerit goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stole one. The Russian netminder/astrologist stopped 46 of 48 shots in regulation and overtime and then 5 of 6 in the shootout. Munich only allowed Helsinki to get 17 shots on Jonathan Quick. Saku Koivu and Jarome Iginla scored first-period goals for the Duns, sandwiched around a John Tavares goal for Helsinki before a third-period tally by Paul Stastny tied it. Iginla and Brooks Laich each had 7 shots on goal, while Patrick Elias had 6. The extra point in the standings puts Helsinki tied for 5th place in the Northern Conference.
Minsk 2, Moscow 1
Niclas Backstrom scored both Minsk goals as the Hussars invaded Moscow and leave with 2 Kharlamov Division points. Moscow had the edge in shots and powerplays, but Carey Price was too good. For Moscow, Jannik Hansen scored his 4th of the season on an assist from Benoit Pouliot. Minsk has won 6 of their last 10 games and are in first place in their division.
Berlin 6, Athens 2
The Smurfs stayed hot, burning the Greeks for 6 goals. Berlin (8-3-1) got 3 goals from defensemen and then 3 goals from players who had none so far this season. Kris Versteeg scored his first 2 goals of the season, each one opening up a 3-goal gap in the score. German Jochen Hecht added his first of the year in front of the home fans. Athens’ best players continue to produce, as David Backes scored his 7th with an assist from linemate T.J. Oshie, but the Greeks share the Southern Conference basement with Frankfurt at the moment.
Stockholm 5, Prague 2
The Swedes came out very strong, getting 4 goals on 30 shots in the first two periods before holding on for the win in front of the home fans. Jordan Leopold scored two powerplay goals for the winners, while Eric Staal also scored with the man advantage. Shane Doan took 5 shots and had 2 points, while Daniel Cleary took 8 shots for the Spartans. While he was held scoreless, Bryan Little was the best Prague player. He took one-quarter of his team’s 28 shots and won almost as many faceoffs as everyone else on the team did combined.
Edinburgh 3, Dublin 2
Jay Bouwmeester’s 3rd goal of the season late int he second period turned out to be the game winner as the Scots came out on top of this Ahearne Division battle. Wayne Simmonds and Blake Wheeler also scored for Edinburgh, while Dublin’s goals came from Tomas Fleischmann and Bobby Ryan. What really hurt the Fighting Irish’s comeback attempt was the fact they took 4 unanswered penalties in the third period.
Bern 8, Frankfurt 5
Defense was pretty much an after thought Monday in Frankfurt. Thirteen goals were scored with Bern scorching Ondrej Pavelec for 8. Five Bears scored three points, and league-leader Jason Spezza wasn’t even one of them. Ray Whitney had 2 goals and an assists, while Rich Peverly and Brent Seabrook had 1 goal and 2 assists, and Kimo Timonen and Mike Cammalleri had 3 assists for Bern. Overshadowed completely was Frankfurt’s Matt Halischuk, who managed a goal and an assist in just 6 minutes of play.