Close games mark 3-day stretch

Here’s an abbreviated wrap-up of the games played Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the EURO league.

Tight, tight play

Eighteen pretty closely contested games were played, 12 of them decided by just one goal. Three of those games were decided by late goals in regulation, three others went to overtime and two of those had to be decided in a shootout. Of the six games that were not decided by a goal, 3 featured 2-goal margins and two of those included empty-net goals.  Two games played during the 3-day stretch had 3-goal gaps, and the most lopsided game was Edinburgh’s 5-1 win over Minsk.

Hard-hitting Athens gets shutout

Athens defeated Moscow 1-0  behind Corey Crawford’s 34-save shutout, the only shutout of the three days of games. The game before, Athens fell to Patrick Kane and Zurich. Kane scored twice including the game-winner. Both Athens games featured a lot of bodychecks. Against Zurich, 55 hits were recorded by both clubs, and Athens then combined with Moscow for 72 hits. Athens out-hit their opponents in both games.

Individual stars

  • In a losing effort against Madrid, Prague’s Zach Parise scored 4 goals.
  • Paul Stastny scored 3 for Helsinki. In the same game, Frankfurt’s Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux had 3 assists each. Helsinki beat the Inferno 6-3.
  • Belfast’s Cory Schneider made 47 saves and even though Copenhagen outshot the Giants, Belfast won 4-3.
  • Tim Thomas made 39 saves to give Dublin a 3-2 win over Bern.
  • Pekka Rinne’s goaltending helped St. Petersburg snuff Oslo 2-1. Rinne made 31 saves while his team was outshot 32-20.
  • Joe Pavelski scored 4 points against Bratislava in a losing effort; Brad Marchand had 4 points in a win over Belfast.
  • Loui Eriksson scored twice for Stockholm against their Swedish neighbors Gothenburg; Wayne Simmonds scored two for Edinburgh.

Late heroics

Joe Corvo scored his sixth of the year with 1:35 left in regulation time to give Munich a 3-2 win over Paris. With exactly the same amount of time remaining in the game, Andrew Brunette scored his 4th of the year to give Berlin a 4-3 win over Prague. Tyler Seguin scored his 17th of the season with 21 seconds left in regulation to move London past Moscow, but Bratislava’s Tomas Kopecky dealt Madrid the hardest blow, scoring his 5th of the year with just 4 seconds left.

Overtime game-winners

  • Marian Hossa of Bratislava ended the Eagles’ game with Milan with an overtime goal.
  • In shootouts, the winning shots came from Justin Faulk (Belfast over Copenhagen 4-3) and Bobby Ryan (Dublin over Bern 3-2).

A good weekend

Helsinki Geneva and Bratislava  all won twice in the three days. Helsinki won by 3 goals both times, Geneva  won by 2 each time and Bratislava won by a goal both times.

A bad weekend

Five teams lost twice over the three-day stretch: Frankfurt, Moscow, Gothenburg, Prague and Milan.

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