Giroux fires in 2 for Inferno

Frankfurt 3, Berlin 2

Claude Giroux took a Steven Stamkos pass and with a lightning fast release, beat Mika Kiprusoff to give the Inferno a 1-0 lead over the Smurfs in the first period. It worked so well, Stamkos and Giroux did it again in the second period. And when Yannick Weber scored his second of the season,  Frankfurt had a 3-0 lead on home ice, and it seemed they were in control of the game. Paul MacLean called a timeout to fire up Berlin’s troops and the maneuver almost worked. David Krejci and Matt Read scored goals right away and it was suddenly a one-goal battle with an entire period to play. But goalie Ondrej Pavelec and Frankfurt held off the Berlin charge and were a happy group when the final horn sounded.

Edinburgh 5, Oslo 4 (shootout)

Oslo battled back to tie the game on goals by Thomas Vanek and Max Talbot, but they failed to score in the shootout. Derek Stepan and Jamie Benn helped Edinburgh snag the extra point as both of them beat Jimmy Howard with shootout goals. The first period featured six goals, with Edinburgh scoring 4 of them. Capitals defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored a goal, blocked 3 shots and had 2 hits, while teammates Clarke MacArthur, Andrew Cogliano and Stepan kept Howard busy with 13 shots between the three of them. The game was a rematch of a game the teams played on Saturday, when Edinburgh won 6-1.

Dublin 3, Copenhagen 2

Young Evander Kane took a hit to make a pass up the boards and send Milan Michalek flying into the Copenhagen zone.  Michalek was tripped and sent flying into the goalie and the goal, but he was able to lift the puck a little as he was going down to score what turned out the be the winning goal. Kane opened the scoring in the first period with a powerplay goal and Olli Jokinen scored his sixth of the season in the second period to knot the score at 2-2.  Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer scored the Tridents’ goals on Tim Thomas. Dublin’s win avenged a 7-3 loss to Copenhagen on Friday.

Minsk 3, Gothenburg 2

The Hussars had to mount a comeback over the last 21 minutes of the game to pull out a regulation time win and keep Gothenburg from getting any points out of their visit to Belarus on Monday. Minsk outshot Gothenburg 24-18 in front of 17,466 home fans. Carl Hagelin and Milan Lucic scored to put Gothenburg up 2-0 in the second period before Jacob Josefson got Minsk going. Sergei Kostitsyn scored in the second period to tie it before Brayden Schenn scored the game winner with 11 minutes left in the game.

Bratislava 6, Athens 4

Athens worked hard to tie the game at 4-4 in the third period with goals by Nathan Horton and David Backes, but Tyler Ennis broke their back with a nifty goal with just 36 seconds left. Tyler Myers blew two shots past veteran Tomas Vokoun for the Eagles who have now won 13 in a row. Athens defensemen Ian White and Jared Spurgeon each had 2 points and were plus 1, while Myers and Christian Ehrhoff were plus 3 for Bratislava. The two tallest defensemen in the league, Myers and teammate Zdeno Chara, each through their weight around with 4 hits each on Greek players.

St. Petersburg 6, Moscow 4

The Lynx dominated the Dynamo in the first battle of Russia. Playing at home, St. Petersburg outshot Moscow 38-22 and had a big game from its top players. Brad Richards had a goal and two assists while centering the top line with Erik Cole and Blake Wheeler. Each of those wings had a goal and an assist. That threesome had 17 shots between them.  Bryce Salvador played inspired hockey, blocking 4 shots and registering 5 hits in 18 minutes of play. Petrograd, which marched to a 6-1 lead after two periods, was able to limit Alex Ovechkin to one shot on goal. But OV’s linemate Anze Kopitar did some damage, getting 5 shots and scoring 2 goals, giving him 12 for the season which ties him for 9th in the league in goal scoring.  The Northern Conference remains tight after you get past Copenhagen and their 7-point grasp on first place. Only 9 points separate teams 2 through 12.

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