Madrid 5, Dublin 4 (overtime)
Friday’s game in Madrid was a real street fight, with both teams firing shots and body checks at a relentless pace. Three players left the game with injuries and Madrid ended up out-shooting the visitors 39-35. Royals Joe Pavelski and Jeff Carter have displayed a real scoring knack this season and each scored twice Friday against Tim Thomas and the Fighting Irish. Pavelski’s 11th of the season came in overtime and brought the game to an abrupt end. On the winning play, Erik Karlsson intercepted a Cody Franson pass intended for Bobby Ryan in the neutral zone and raced in with Pavelski on a 2-on-1. Ryan and Keith Yandle each had a goal and an assist for Dublin. The newest Irishmen, Evander Kane and Alexander Sulzer had a quiet start for their new team, playing a combined 31 minutes without a shot on goal. Madrid lost Sergei Gonchar with a foot injury and Max Lapierre with a groin injury, while Dublin’s Jay Harrison fell into the boards and sustained a fairly serious wrist injury.
Frankfurt 4, Munich 3 (shootout)
Steven Stamkos and Chris Kelly beat Jonathan Quick in the shootout to give the Inferno an extra point in an all-German affair. Munich led in shots by a large margin and led 3-2 after getting two goals from Patrik Elias and a goal by Joe Thornton, his 11th of the year. But Alexander Steen tied the game in the third on a nice play with linemates Claude Giroux and Stamkos. That line, maligned for lackluster defensive play of late, was plus 3 against the Duns.
Bratislava 5, Paris 1
Two teams continued their recent patterns and the Eagles are now first overall, although they’ve played one more game than Bern has. Bratislava is now on a six-game win streak. Paris, on the other hand, has lost its last 5. Eagle Coach Bruce Boudreau decided to rest his top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Tim Connelly in this one, relegating them to third line status, but the trio responded beautifully, each member of the line scoring a goal in less than 12 minutes of ice time. Toews and Hossa also managed two assists each. Tyler Ennis scored Bratislava’s other 2 goals, while Evgeni Malkin scored the lone Paris goal, his 11th, unassisted in the third period. Paris actually outshot Bratislava, but Craig Anderson played well enough for the Eagles to earn first star status.
Gothenberg 6, Minsk 2
Jordan Eberle helped Gothenberg continue to rebound from a shutout loss to Copenhagen three days ago. Just Thursday, Gothenberg blitzed Helsinki for a 7-2 win. Against Minsk, Eberle had 3 points and 5 shots and was named first star. Defensemen Stephane Robidas and Dan Girardi were both plus 3 for the winners. Minsk got goals fromNic Backstrom, who opened the scoring, and Brayden Schenn, whose tally made it 4-2, but Gothenberg was too good Friday, out-shooting the Hussars 38-27.
Berlin 5, Stockholm 3
A day after beating Minsk 4-1, the Smurfs turned in a strong third period to beat Stockholm. With the score tied at 2 heading into the third period, Berlin outshot the Spartans 17-10 and outscored them 3-1 on goals by R.J. Umberger, Brian Campbell and David Krejci. Three Stockholm forwards were named the three stars of the game in front of their disappointed home fans. Ryan Clowe had a goal, 2 assists and 5 shots; Mika Koivu had a goal, 2 assists and 4 shots, and Shane Doan had a goal, an assist and 5 shots. Stockholm tried Johan Hedberg in goal to replace Cam Ward, whose save percentage through 12 games is under 88 percent.
London 3, Edinburgh 0
The Knights were in command the entire game, leading in shots 16-3 after the first period and 42-15 for the game. Marc-Andre Fleury earned his first shutout in the EURO League and saw his goals against average sink under 3.00 through 12 games. London spread out their scoring evenly, getting a goal from Devin Setoguchi in the first period, one from David Clarkson in the second and one from defenseman Marco Scandella in the third. Edinburgh took 8 minor penalties but London was unable to capitalize on any with a goal.
Four players became members of new teams Friday either through free agent signings or waiver pickups. Geneva claimed former Athens rearguard Adam McQuaid off waivers to fill a hole in a defense corps depleted by injury. Robert Scuderi played one game for Geneva as an emergency league replacement before the commissioner was informed a team had a free agent claim on him. He was promptly returned to the free agent pool, and then signed by Edinburgh to a two-year deal that will pay him $1.75 million annually. Another free agent defenseman was signed by Dublin. Nick Schultz will be paid $1.1 million for three years. And right winger Matthieu Darche became an Athens Greek on Friday, being claimed off waivers from Bern. Of the four players who changed teams Friday, only McQuaid had any time in the league this far. He played in 3 games for Athens, although he had not picked up a point.