Bratislava 7, Munich 3
Jonathan Quick may have won the L.A. Kings a Stanley Cup in his last gig, but on Friday, the third overall pick in the EURO draft was awful. Quick stopped 9 shots the whole game against Bratislava and let 7 pucks get past him for goals. If coach Glen Gulutzan didn’t think Quick was worn down before, he probably does now. Joe Thornton did his best to lift the Duns, scoring a pair of first period goals that put his team in front each time, but the Eagles piled up too many goals. Tyler Ennis of Bratislava has become the Eagles’ third leading scoring, adding 4 points against Quick. After Ville Leino finally scored his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2, his Bratislava teammates scored 4 in a row to pull away. The Slovakians are tied with Bern in points with 39 for the league lead, but have one game in hand.
Minsk 3, St. Petersburg 2
A pair of Swedish forwards scored goals in the third period to propel the Hussars past the Lynx. Patrik Hornquist tied the game with less than 16 minutes remaining and Niclas Backstrom scored the game-winner about 5 minutes later. Backstrom had 12 shots on St. Petersburg’s Pekka Rinne. Hornquist had 3 points and defenseman Ryan McDonagh was solid for Minsk, registering 4 hits and blocking 3 shots. Erik Cole and David Legwand scored St. Petersburg’s goals.
Madrid 5, Stockholm 4
Slava Voynov scored a pair of goals, Joe Pavelski remained the hot hand and Brandon Prust remained a luke warm hand for the Royals. Pavelski’s goal gives him 16 for the season and places him tied for 4th among goal scorers in the EURO League. Prust, who scored in the third period of the Royals’ last game, scored in the first period Friday. Alas, his goal-per-period streak was snapped in the second period against the Spartans. Those goals were the only two he has scored this season. Loui Eriksson and Eric Staal were again Stockholm’s most productive players, each adding 2 points to their season totals. Travis Hamonic had a good game for the Spartans, blocking 3 shots and delivering 5 hits in 23 minutes of ice time. Trailing or tied most of the game, Stockholm took the lead early in the third period on a Shane Doan powerplay goal, but Henrik Sedin tied it again about 7 minutes later.
London 6, Helsinki 1
The Knights outshot Helsinki 42-24 and led 3-0 before the game was 13 minutes old. The usual characters scored all of London’s goals: David Clarkson scored two (12 for the season), Michael Grabner (10th) Devin Setoguchi (9th), Jeff Skinner (9th) and Tyler Bozak (7th). Marc Andre Fleury again came close to a shutout, but a Brad Marchand goal ended that hope. The Jokerit took too many penalties (7) including a 5-minute major on Jack Johnson that led to Clarkson’s second goal. It was a particularly bad night for Helsinki defensemen Marc Staal and Jan Hejda who finished the game minus 5.
Moscow 6, Milan 3
Antoine Vermette of Milan opened the scoring in the first period with his 4th goal of the season, but Moscow’s David Jones scored twice and his teammate Marcus Johansson scored twice and the Guerriero were suddenly down by 3 goals. Johansson ended the game with 3 points, while Jones and Tomas Kaberle each had 2 for the Dynamo. Matt Moulson had a goal and 2 assists for Milan. Moscow has won 7 of its last 10 games.
Prague 6, Frankfurt 2
Bryan Little continued his red hot play, this time against the Inferno, scoring 2 goals to give him 17 this season. Ryan Getzlaf also scored a pair for Prague. One of Little’s goals was shorthanded and he now has 5 of that variety to lead the league. No one else in the league has more than 2 shorthanded goals. Eric Brewer also scored a shorthanded goal for Prague in Frankfurt. Alex Steen was the Inferno’s best player, getting a goal, an assist, firing 6 shots on goal and blocking 2 shots.