Belfast 1, Munich 0
Cory Schneider stopped 57 shots to shut out the Foxes, and Keith Aulie picked a wonderful time to score his first EURO goal as the Giants ruined Munich’s first game under their new owner. Most of the action was in the Belfast end on Tuesday, as the Foxes outshot the Giants 57-14. But if you only count Patrik Elias and Joe Thornton toward the Munich shot total, then Belfast outshot Munich 14-13. In the second period alone, Schneider fended off 23 German schotz. With time winding down in the Schneider show, the unthinkable happened to stun the Munich faithful who were just waiting to see which Fox would finally pierce Schneider’s armor. Aulie caught Scott Clemmensen napping and wristed in a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. Munich pulled Clemmensen in favor of the extra attacker, but Schneider remained solid. If any Giant actually helped Schneider, it was young defenseman Adam Larsson who blocked 2 shots and had 4 hits in a solid 24 minutes of ice time. Many Foxes played well, but Saku Koivu’s linescore was the most impressive, as he won 12 of 13 faceoffs, had 5 shots on goal and 4 hits.
Bern 4, Copenhagen 3
Two nights ago, goalies Roberto Luongo and Mike Smith lined up in goal against each other for the start of the EURO League all-star game. On Tuesday, they started again, this time for their EURO clubs, and Smith won this battle. The Bears led in the major statistical categories like shots and powerplays and most importantly, goals. But throughout the game, it was a close affair with it being anybody’s guess as to which of the co-conference leaders would emerge with 2 points. Then Brad Winchester of Copenhagen wallpapered Bern’s John Madden from behind and a five-minute major gave Pascal Dupuis the chance to be the hero with his 14th goal of the season on a passing play from Jason Spezza and Brent Seabrook. The Tridents’ Kevin Shattenkirk scored twice and was voted the game’s first star, but two of his Copenhagen teammates were very noticeable. Troy Brouwer scored a goal and had 5 shots on net, while Dany Heatley was flying around the rink during his 13 minutes of ice time and wound up with 7 hits. Tobias Enstrom and Johan Franzen had 2 assists each for Bern.
Milan 3, Bratislava 2
The people of Milan, Italy, are tremendous hosts. Show up at their door and you can expect to sit down to pasta, a main course, salad, dessert and espresso, even if you are just asking for directions. On Tuesday in Milan, it was the Bratislava Eagles who seemed a little lost despite all the help their hosts offered them. Five powerplays not enough? Have six or seven. How about 8? Madonna! Make it an even 10! Bratislava couldn’t take advantage of any of the 10 powerplay chances Milan granted them. They should have taken notes while the Guerriero were scoring on 2 of 3 powerplays. Come to think of it, maybe they were taking notes. No more note taking while you’re supposed to be killing penalties! Ryan Callahan was Milan’s best player, coming up with the game-winning goal after assisting on Milan’s first two goals by Mike Richards and Trevor Daley. Callahan also had more shots than any other player in the game, with 6. Franz Neilsen and Lee Stempniak scored for the Eagles, whose best player was – as usual – captain Zdeno Chara. On Tuesday it was business as usual for the tall all-star, as he dished out 5 hits and blocked 4 shots for Bratislava.
Madrid 3, Frankfurt 2 (shootout)
Jeff Carter’s shootout goal ended an extremely close game between the Royals and Inferno in Frankfurt. Both teams scored once in the second period and once in the third period in a game that saw a two-shot margin in shots on goal. Frankfurt outshot Madrid 31-29. Both teams had 2 powerplay chances and both had Czech goalies minding their goals – Tomas Vokoun for Madrid and Ondrej Pavelec for Frankfurt. The goal scorers were Joe Pavelski and BrandonPrust for the Royals, and Max Pacioretty and Travis Zajac for the Inferno. Zajac’s goal was his first of the season and it tied the game with 17:24 to play in regulation. Steve Staois was the best defensive player in the game as the Inferno blueliner had 5 hits and 4 blocked shots in 23 minutes of play. Madrid did a good job of containing sniper Steven Stamkos, who was allowed just one shot on Vokoun. Drew Doughty of Frankfurt injured a leg but shouldn’t miss much time. Madrid played without two injured players, Brian Gionta and Alex Tanguay.
Prague 5, Athens 2
Prague Sparta jumped out to an early lead thanks to the line of Jason Pominville, Ryan Getzlaf and Zach Parise. Pominville scored twice in the first period and he now has 23 this season, which has him tied for 5th in the league in that department. Jason Blake also scored in the first period for Prague. The Greeks played Sparta even the rest of the way with Nathan Horton and David Backes scoring goals, only to be countered by Prague’s Ruslan Fedotenko and Bryan Little. Ian White blocked 4 shots and had 3 hits for Athens.
St. Petersburg 5, Dublin 4
St. Petersburg led 5-2 about halfway through the game and were able to fight off the Fightin’ Irish just enough to emerge victorious. Valterri Filppula was the star of the game as the Lynx forward scored a hat trick and had one assist in 17 minutes of ice time. Linemate David Legwand also had 4 points with a goal and 3 assists. Ryan Kesler was the highest scorer on the Dublin team, scoring a goal and getting 2 assists in the contest. The Lynx got into penalty trouble, especially in the third period, and ended up giving Dublin 8 powerplay chances. The Irish converted two of those chances into goals.