Prague 3, Madrid 1
Madrid management and fans will appeal to the Spanish government to ban Ryan Miller and Jason Pominville from entering the country from now on after the pair of former Buffalo Sabres stole 2 points from their team on Friday. Madrid outshot the visiting Sparta 42-19 but somehow were never really in the game. Pominville scored 20 seconds in to the contest to put the home team behind 1-0 and he made it 2-0 10 about minutes later. “Praguenville” scored his hat trick goal in the second period, with assists on all three tallies coming from Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf. Pommer now has 27 goals on the season. Meanwhile, Ryan Miller was erasing shot after shot off Madrid sticks. Jeff Carter finally got one past Miller in the third period – it was number 20 for Carter – but by then it was too late. Five Madrid players had at least four shots on Miller, with Joe Pavelski getting the most chances with 6. Prague has now won both games the two Demitra Division teams have played against each other.
Munich 4, Geneva 2
Munich clawed their way up another 2 points in the standings as they try to create distance between themselves and Milan and Berlin in the standings. Against Geneva, it was third-line center Brooks Laich and second-line wingers Milan Hejduk and Chris Higgins who did the best clawing, each getting 2 points. Hejduk had 2 goals. For Geneva, defenseman Dennis Wideman was the star, scoring both of their goals. His first goal opened the scoring and his second tied the game at 2-2 in the second period. On that goal, Patrick Marleau earned an assist and that extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games, while teammate Marian Gaborik saw his streak stopped at 13 games.
Moscow 5, Copenhagen 4
After failing in two tries earlier this season, the Dynamo and coach Claude Noel found a way to beat Copenhagen. David Bolland’s first shot of the game came in overtime and he scored on it to end the game. Moscow scored two goals 20 seconds apart in the third period – Vaclav Prospal and Marcus Johansson scored them – to tie the score and take the lead. But a powerplay goal by Copenhagen’s Joni Pitkanen tied it again and forced overtime. Moscow defenseman Duncan Keith logged 29 minutes and was a plus 3, with 5 hits and 3 blocked shots.
Berlin 3, Belfast 2
A shorthanded goal by Cody Hodgson earned Belfast a point by forcing overtime, but a shootout goal by defenseman Matt Carle in the seventh round of shots won it for the Smurfs. It was the first time Carle had been asked to take a shot in a shootout. Berlin’s David Krejci contributed with a goal and an assist, while teammate Matt Read added two assists. Read has now scored a point in the last 6 games. Matt Duchene also scored for Belfast.
Gothenburg 4, Oslo 1
Backup Anders Lindback stopped 22 shots to lead Gothenburg over Oslo. At the Oslo end of the rink, Gburg forward Sam Gagner broke a tie with a goal and Gothenburg followed that goal up with two more in the third period by Jordan Eberle and Carl Hagelin. Erik Johnson, David Booth and Ales Hemsky all had 2 points for Gothenburg. For Oslo, Shea Weber logged 37 minutes, but it was Tyler Kennedy who scored the lone Devil goal.
London 5, Edinburgh 4
Edinburgh scored the first 4 goals of the game, but London notched the last 5. Three of the Capitals’ four goals came on the powerplay, including 2 by James Neal. For London, Tyler Seguin scored a pair, Derek Morris had a goal and an assist and Jake Gardiner had 2 assists. Morris and Gardiner were both plus 4.