Cole leads St. Petersburg comeback

St. Petersburg 6, Berlin 3

The Berlin Smurfs marched into St. Petersburg on Monday, built a nice 3-1 lead, and then Petrograd turned into Stalingrad for the Germans. In a matter of 33 seconds very late in the second period, left winger Erik Cole scored twice to tie it. Then in the third period, the conference-leading Lynx blew it open with goals by Kyle Wellwood, Jonathan Eriksson and Blake Wheeler. St. Petersburg outshot Berlin 39-25. The top line of Cole, Brad Richards and newcomer Jarome Iginla racked up 10 points between them, with Iginla getting 4 assists. Berlin’s best were Nicklas Hjalmarsson, who had 3 hits and 3 blocked shots, and Logan Couture, with 2 assists, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. St. Petersburg has won 9 of its last 10 games.

Minsk 5, Gothenburg 2

Patrik Berglund was one of 5 Hussars who scored against Gothenburg and his shorthanded goal made it 4-1 in the second period to pretty much put it out of reach. Berglund led everyone in the game in points, with 2, in shots, with 5, and only Ryan McDonagh of Minsk had more hits (6) than Berglund’s 4. Kyle Clifford only played 8 minutes for Minsk, but in that short period was able to score his 5th goal of the season and earn 7 minutes of penalty box time. Jordan Eberle and Carl Hagelin scored for Gothenburg.

Bratislava 5, Belfast 4

Jonathan Toews, who is Bratislava’s top draft pick and leading scorer by a wide margin, earned 3 assists, but Tim Connolly, a free agent pickup after the draft, was the Eagles’ hero, setting up the game-tying goal and scoring the winner in the third period. The Giants had built a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but they couldn’t hold it.  Twenty-three-year-old Mathieu Perreault entered the game with 3 points for the year and scored a goal and an assist against Bratislava’s Craig Anderson.

Munich 3, Edinburgh 1

Munich poured 45 shots on goal and scored a goal in each period while Jonathan Quick was nearly perfect in goal. Two of the Foxes’ 3 goals came on the powerplay, courtesy of Dion Phaneuf and Saku Koivu. Matt Cooke scored the other Fox goal. John Tavares’ 12 of the season was Edinburgh’s lone tally. Ilya Bryzgalov made 42 saves for the Capitals and was named the game’s second star.

Milan 5, Paris 3

Three goals in the third period gave Milan the win over Les Rouges Eiffels. Antoine Vermette’s 11th of the season broke a 3-3 tie with 5:13 to go and was the eventual game-winning goal. Dustin Brown scored a pair for Milan and now has 22 goals this season. Derick Brassard was Paris’ top performer with a goal, an assist and 6 shots on goal. The bad news for Milan was that 39-year-old Daniel Alfredsson sustained a pretty serious back injury in a goal-mouth skirmish and is expected to miss a lot of time – perhaps up to four weeks. Alfie has 34 points in 43 games for Milan, which has a 5-point lead right now for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Southern Conference. Barring any more trades by the Guerriero, the fill-in candidates for Alfredsson are Jamal Mayers, Ethan Moreau and Phillipe Dupuis, if some forwards can be shuffled to the right wing. Milan traded away two right wings – Brad Boyes and Brian Rolston – for 2013 draft picks during the last month. Alfredsson was acquired eight days ago in a trade with St. Petersburg.

London 4, Stockholm 1

The teams played to a 1-1 tie when they were both at even strength, but the Knights’ special teams were the difference. Michal Grabner and Jeff Skinner scored powerplay goals before a shorthanded goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard made it 3-0 in the second period. After defenseman Corey Potter scored his first of the season to get the Spartans on the board, Scott Gomez slammed the door shot with his fifth of the season later in the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury was voted as the game’s first star with a 22-save effort. Cam Fowler played an aggressive game for Stockholm, dishing out 6 hits and blocking 2 London shots.

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