Belfast 1, Moscow 0
Cory Schneider was spectacular in net for the Giants Saturday, stopping all 38 Moscow shots to earn his first EURO League shutout in 14 games. Schneider now has a goals against average of 3.03 and has a save percentage of 91.9, which places him third in the league in that category behind Craig Anderson of Bratislava and Roberto Luongo of Copenhagen. Ryan Whitney scored his first of the season on a slapshot that got past the Dynamo’s Jaroslav Halak and it was the only goal of the game.
Paris 4, Frankfurt 1
Paris blitzed a German team, outshooting Frankfurt 43-18. Finding the net for Les Rouges Eiffels were Andrew Ebbett (his 2nd), Darrick Brassard (3rd), Drew Miller (4th) and Joffrey Lupul (7th). Steven Stamkos notched his 12 of the season for Frankfurt to ruin Tukka Rask’s bid for his first shutout of the season. It was not all good news for Paris, as Mike Ribeiro took a slash on the hand and left halfway through the game bleeding. Lupul has caught the flu and will also be out of the lineup for a period.
Geneva 6, London 4
Chris Kunitz scored the first of his two second-period goals for Geneva while London was shorthanded due to a major penalty. Teemu Selanne of the Generals scored in the third period while the Knights penalties were busy trying kill off a second major penalty and those two goals might have been the difference in the game. David Desharnais of Geneva had 3 assists and was named the game’s first star. For young London, Jake Gardiner blocked 4 shots, Michael Grabner won 12 of 18 faceoffs and had a goal, and Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall each had 2 points.
Gothenburg 4, St. Petersburg 3
Jordan Eberle scored the game-winner in the third period in a well-played, fast-moving game in Russia. It was his second goal of the game and his 13th of the season. The young forward now leads his team in points with 23 in 21 games. The only other player with a multi-point game wore the home Lynx sweater. Brad Richards took 4 shots on goal and had 2 assists. Both teams have been playing well of late; St. Petersburg with an 8-2 record in its last 10 games, while Gothenburg is 7-3 over that stretch.
Prague 6, Athens 3
Ryan Getzlaf and Zach Parise, two of Prague’s top players, worked well together on Saturday as Getzlaf had 2 goals and an assist and Parise had 3 assists, as the Sparta team found another offensive gear to outshoot the Greeks by 10. Scott Hartnell played a spirited game, which is why he was acquired in a trade earlier this season, and had 2 assists. He also let his frustration boil over by getting in a scrap with Chris Neal late in the third period.
Edinburgh 6, Oslo 1
The shot total was pretty even, but the goaltending of Henrik Lundquist was better than that of Jimmy Howard’s on Saturday, giving the Capitals a win in an Ahearne Division battle. Andy Greene was outstanding for Edinburgh, with a plus 4 rating, a goal and 2 assists, 4 shots and 3 hits. Forwards James Neal, Wayne Simmonds and Lauri Korpikoski all made significant contributions to the win as well. Oslo finally pierced Lundquist’s shell late in the third period on a nice passing play from Alex Burrows and Thomas Vanek to Mikhail Grabovsky, who scored his 7th of the season.