Prague 3, Paris 0
Ryan Miller bested Jose Theodore in a top-notch goalie battle. The former Buffalo Sabre stopped all 35 shots to earn his second shutout of the year and his first without an owner looking. For the third time this season, a team was abandoned and for the third time, it was abandoned with a game against Paris next on the docket. League officials have launched an investigation to find out if any Paris players or officials are issuing threats ahead of the games. EURO league bosses have teams of teenagers scouring social media pages and cell phone messages looking for any evidence of a threat against another player. The closest they have found thus far in the investigation is video evidence of Paris’ Corey Perry saying, “You wanna take a cab?” in a threatening tone to Nic Lidstrom of the Geneva Generals as they were getting into Perry’s vehicle. They also found an audio tape of Paris’ Evgeni Malkin saying, “Ve now who ve amt play from,” but they were unsure if it was a threat or not. Against Paris, Prague got goals from Jason Blake, Chris Neil and Zach Parise. Prague has won seven of its last 10 games.
Geneva 3, Berlin 0
Kari Lehtonen shutout the Smurfs to lift the Generals to their 8th win in the last 10 games. Lehtonen stopped 24 shots for his third shutout of the season. Logan Couture, who is having a great year for Berlin, was on the ice for all 3 Geneva goals, as was R.J. Umberger and Alexander Edler. Goals were scored by Patrick Marleau (his 16th of the season), Marion Gaborik (8th) and Brad Stuart (4th). Geneva has won two of three games against Berlin.
Milan 6, Athens 1
Five Guerriero players fired goals into the Athens net during the first 14 minutes of play on two different Greek goalies. Corey Crawford’s night was only 4 minutes long as he gave up 3 goals on nine shots. Michal Neuvirth went the rest of the way for Athens. Play swung Athens’ way from the second period on, with the Greeks actually outshooting Milan 28-27 in the game, but Milan’s second string goalie, Josh Harding let just one get past him. Scoring for the Guerriero were defensemen Jason Garrison and Brooks Orpik, and forwards Mike Richards, Viktor Stalberg, Matt Moulson and Henrik Sedin. Top line winger Todd Bertuzzi scored Athens’ lone goal. Sedin, Moulson and Dustin Brown were plus 4 as a line for Milan.
London 4, Copenhagen 3 (Shootout)
Jeff Skinner’s shootout goal on Roberto Luongo was the deciding play in a close game in Denmark. The visiting Knights enjoyed a 3-0 lead after an outburst in the first period, but Stephen Weiss and the Tridents scored three to tie it in the second period. Weiss had two assists, as did Luca Sbisa for the other side. Both teams are now tied for second in the Northern Conference, a point behind St. Petersburg.
Bratislava 5, Helsinki 4 (shootout)
The Eagles held on to a tenuous grasp of second place in the Southern Conference with a narrow win over the Helsinki Jokerit, who have been playing smart hockey of late, winning 6 of their last 10 games. Helsinki outshot Bratislava 37-30, but had to fight back from a 2-goal deficit in the last 10 minutes just to get the game into overtime. Bratislava was led by Jonathan Toews, who had 6 shots, 2 assists and a goal in the shootout. Lee Stempniak, playing on Toews’ line due to another injury to Marian Hossa, earned a pair of assists. Helsinki’s best players were Anthony Stewart ( 1 goal, 1 assist) , Jan Hejda (2 assists) and Matt Stajan (2 assists).
Edinburgh 6, Moscow 2
The Capitals scored 6 goals in the first two periods while goalie Henrik Lundquist was keeping Moscow off the board entirely. In the third period, Moscow scored two relatively inconsequential goals, both on the powerplay, as Michael Handzus and Mike Knuble beat Lundquist. Edinburgh’s Chris Stewart led the six-goal charge with 2 in the second. Others to tally for the Caps were Wayne Simmonds, Jamie Benn, Clarke MacArthur and Francois Beauchemin. Moscow’s Duncan Keith played well, registering 5 hits and blocking one shot on defense.
Injuries have made news in Europe this week with at least 18 players out of action on 12 teams. Big names like Jason Spezza, Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa, Kris Letang and Pavel Datsyuk are among the wounded. The team hurting the most is Datsyuk’s Oslo Devils, who have 3 forwards and a defenseman out.