Belfast beats sluggish Smurfs in Berlin

Belfast 5, Berlin 3

Rick Nash scored twice in the first period and Cory Schneider stayed busy all game, making 49 stops en route to a win over the tired Berlin Smurfs and goalie Mika Kiprusoff. The Smurfs were one of 6 teams in action Tuesday that played the night before. Berlin hosted Munich in the same building on Monday and won 3-1. Belfast entered the game with the league’s worst record but have now won 4 of their last 11 games. Giants Nash and Sidney Crosby have a modest scoring streak going, as each have points in three games now. Nikolai Kulemin scored twice on 7 shots for Berlin, which  is now 2-1 against Belfast this season.

Bern 4, Edinburgh 1

Brent Seabrook scored two goals in the second period to key Bern’s second home win in as many nights. Jamie Benn of Edinburgh opened the scoring with his third goal in as many games before Henrik Zetterberg tied the score later in the first period with his 14th of the season. Aside from scoring twice, Seabrook was visible all night, blocking 2 shots and dishing out 7 hits to be named the first star. Bern has won both times the two teams have played each other. Edinburgh outshot the Bears 37-21, but Mike Smith was stubborn in goal for Bern.

Milan 6, Athens 2

It could be said the Milan Guerriero are flying with a busted wing – the right one to be specific – but they won at home against the Greeks. With recently acquired Daniel Alfredsson still out with an ailing back, the Guerriero are also without another high-profile right winger, Ryan Callahan, who will be out 2 to 3 weeks with a shoulder injury. That leaves Steve Ott and Jamal Mayers as the top two wings on that side, with Craig Adams and Derek Dorsett filling out the other two lines. All four of those right wings scored a point against Athens, with Ott and Adams notching goals. Teammates Matt Moulson and Dustin Brown each had two points and Henrik Sedin, who came to Milan in a trade earned an assist to give him at least a point in 11 straight games. Athens’ health situation is going in the opposite direction as they have recently seen the return of defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky after a long time out of the lineup. But he was one of 5 Greeks who were a minus 3 against Milan. Milan has won 4 of the 5 meetings between the two teams this season.

more to come Wednesday morning (if not late Tuesday)

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