London’s young forwards come through

London 5, Frankfurt 3

In a battle of teams with some of the top young forwards in hockey, London dominated at home, outshooting the Inferno 41-20. Tyler and Taylor (Seguin and Hall) as well as Devin Setoguchi scored in the first 25 minutes of the game, but Frankfurt had the game all tied up after a 3-goal outburst in a span of about five and a half minutes. Claude Giroux, Adam Burish and Travis Zajac all got pucks past Marc Andre Fleury before the second period came to a close. In the final period, David Clarkson and Michael Grabner each scored his 15th of the season to lift the Knights to the win. Grabner also had two assists to lead all scorers in the game, a very cleanly played game that featured just 3 minor penalties. London, currently in fifth place in the Northern Conference, was able to hold the league’s third-leading scorer, Steven Stamkos, to one assist.

Berlin 2, Madrid 1

Tomas Vokoun, the goalie who came to Madrid in a trade with Athens earlier this season, made the score a lot closer than it should have been. The Czech-born goalie stopped 39 Smurf shots, but got little help from his Royal teammates. Madrid only got 14 shots on Mika Kiprusoff in the Berlin net, and they took 8 penalties. All the scoring in the game occurred in a less-than-2-minute stretch of the first period. About a minute after the puck was dropped to start the game, David Krejci put the Smurfs in front, but Jordan Staal countered for Madrid 20 seconds later. Then Nate Thompson drove the net and was able to redirect a pass past Vokoun for the goal that stood up as the game-winner. Vokoun came to Madrid with a 3.33 goals against average and .896 save percentage in 20 games with Athens. In 13 games with Madrid, he has had a 2.38 goals against average and a .923 save percentage.

Dublin 4, Helsinki 3

The Fightin’ Irish outshot Helsinki 40-18 but had to fight till the end to keep the game from going to overtime.  Dublin struck four times in the first two periods to go into the third period with a 4-1 lead, but Zack Smith and Brad Marchand scored to make it very interesting at the end. Bobby Ryan had 5 shots on goal and 2 assists for the Irish, who got goals from 4 different players.

Prague 4, Oslo 3 (shootout)

More than 22,000 fans of the Sparta left Prague’s arena in a good mood after Ryan Getzlaf and Zach Parise scored in the shootout. In regulation time, those two players connected twice for goals, Getzlaf feeding Parise in the first period and repeating the feat in the second period. But a goal by defenseman Kris Russel – his second of the season – put Oslo in front 3-2 before the end of the second period. In the third, a Jussi Jokinen tally knotted the score and forced overtime. Dmitri Kulikov had a good defensive game for Prague, registering 4 hits and 3 blocked shots, while Oslo’s Shea Weber was even more noticeable, dishing out 6 hits, blocking 3 shots and firing 7 shots on the Prague net.

Bratislava 3, Athens 2

Craig Anderson stopped 30 Athens shots and defenseman Tyler Myers blocked 5 more to help the Eagles edge the Greeks. The game was tied 2-2 going into the third period, and Bratislava took control, outshooting Athens 11-2 and getting a crucial goal from Kyle Brodziak. Matt Greene had 2 assists for the Eagles, including one on Brodziak’s game-winner. Lubomir Visnovsky, the Athens defenseman playing in his native Slovakia, had an assist, 3 shots on goal, 5 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Gothenburg 5, Copenhagen 4

Ryan Jones may be the fourth left wing on the Gothenburg depth chart, but he scored an important goal Thursday to break a 4-4 tie in the second period. It was his 8th of the season and he also earned an assist on a Cal Clutterbuck goal and a second star of the game honor. Jones, Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle and Carl Hagelin all had multi-point games for Gothenburg. With the loss, Copenhagen remains tied for second and 4 points behind St. Petersburg in the Northern Conference standings. Fyodor Tyutin had a good game for the Tridents. He was a plus 2 with 2 assists.

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