Bratislava, 3, Munich 2 (overtime)
Tyler Ennis scored a wrap-around goal in overtime to keep Bratislava tied for first overall. The Eagles are one of two teams who have not suffered a regulation time loss at home this year. Bratislava is 9-0-1 at home while Munich is 7-0-3. Tim Connolly continues to impress. Connolly was signed after the draft as a free agent and thanks to an injury, found himself filling in on the top line. And boy has he found himself. Connolly leads the team in goal scoring with 10. He scored twice Saturday against Munich. Joe Thornton scored his 12th of the season for Munich, while Dan Boyle added his third.
Geneva 4, Helsinki 1
Veterans Niclas Lidstrom, Patrick Marleau and Ryan Malone, as well as youthful David Desharnais all scored for Geneva, which outshot Helsinki 36-27. Desharnais was the only player on either side to emerge with two points. Brad Marchand ruined Kari Lehtonen’s bid for a shutout with an unassisted first period goal.
Belfast 4, Minsk 2
Belfast has climbed from last place into 21st place recently, with the latest win coming in Minsk. The young Giants took a 2-0 lead when Gabriel Bourque and Adam Larsson scored, Minsk got a rare goal from Zac Rinaldo, but Belfast went up by 2 again when Justin Faulk scored his fourth of the year. Corey Schneider was in goal for the win, defeating Carey Price.
Berlin 5, Milan 4
In a back-and-forth, high-scoring game, Logan Couture’s goal was the most important and it ended up being the game-winner. The Smurfs’ powerplay was a big factor in the win, as Berlin scored three times in 4 powerplay chances. The Guerriero had just one powerplay opportunity and was stopped on it. At even strength, Milan had the advantage. No member of the Smurfs finished the game with a plus rating, despite the fact they won the game. Milan’s second line of Steve Ott, Ryan Callahan and Mike Richards was plus 2 as a unit.
St. Petersburg 6, Dublin 0
Pekka Rinne stopped all 27 Fighting Irish shots and the Lynx’ top two forward lines did ample damage on the other end against Tim Thomas. St. Petersburg scored four first-period goals and added two in the second period. Brad Richards earned primary assists on the first 3 goals, scored by his linemates Erik Cole and Blake Wheeler, and then he added a goal of his own later. David Legwand and Valterri Filppula also scored for St. Petersburg, which is now over .500 at (9-8-1). Dublin’s Olli Jokinen had 6 shots on goal to lead his team in that category, but the Irish’s top line of Phil Kessel, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Kesler had a miserable night, going minus 5 as a unit. Rinne now has the 6th best goals against average among EURO goalies.
London 6, Frankfurt 3
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who came into the game in Frankfurt with no goals so far this season, went to the locker room for the first intermission with 2 goals. And he scored both while his team was shorthanded. The first period was a wild one, with 5 goals scored including another shorthanded goal by Frankfurt’s Alex Steen. The second and third periods had only one goal scored in each. Michael Grabner scored 2 goals on 6 shots for the Knights, while Steen did the same for the Inferno.