Neal scores twice for Edinburgh

Edinburgh 3, Belfast 0 The line of James Neal, Derek Stepan and Jamie Benn connected for two first period goals and Henrik Lundquist all 19 Belfast shots on Thursday. Neal later added his 10th of the season on the powerplay to help his Capitals distance themselves from the Giants.  Chris Campoli had 5 shot blocks…

O’Shie has 5 points in Athens win

Athens 6, Milan 3 T.J. Oshie racked up 5 points on Wednesday as the Greeks won convincingly in Milan. Oshie scored the Greeks’ fourth goal and assisted on 4 other goals, including two by David Backes. The two former St. Louis Blues teammates are by far the top two scorers on the Athens squad this…

Frankfurt’s Pavelec shuts out Belfast

Frankfurt 5, Belfast 0 Claude Giroux scored 2 for the Inferno and Ondrej Pavelec shut out the Giants in front of a crowd of 14,312 German fans.  Giroux now has 10 goals this season. The 2 points in the standings pushed Frankfurt ahead of Athens and into 23rd place, just 2 points behind 4 other…

Henrik Sedin swapped for Jordan Staal, more

Henrik Sedin is packing his bags tonight to move from central Spain to northern Italy. For the second time in four days, the Madrid Royals have made a defense-oriented trade. (To be read in Gary Bettman’s voice) Madrid trades Henrik Sedin to Milan for Jordan Staal, prospect Chris Kreider, Milan’s second round pick next season…

Zurich losing streak ends in Geneva

Zurich 4, Geneva 3 The Zurich Lions busted an 11-game losing streak by taking a train 280 kilometers to the west and beating their Swiss cousins in Geneva. Zurich scored twice in the last 9 minutes to get the win. Big defenseman Barrett Jackman sent a wrist shot into a crowd in front of the…

Oslo, Geneva, Milan win 1-goal games

This is an abbreviated report. It seems weekends are more difficult for me to update (Commish Chuck). Oslo 3, Moscow 2 On only their second powerplay chance, the Devils made good on it, getting a goal from Marc Andre Bergeron that won it for them in the third period. Moscow’s best player was Michal Handzus,…

Veteran Vokoun goes to Spain

The Madrid Royals and defensive-minded coach Dan Bylsma have a new best defensive asset thanks to a trade with Athens, giving up Michal Neuvirth, Nick Johnson and a first round draft pick to get it. Madrid acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun, a 35-year-old earning $1.5 million this year, the final year of his contract. The Royals…