The Edinburgh Capitals’ agenda for Sunday and Monday looked daunting: Play host to the third best team in the league, then hop on a plane and travel to St. Petersburg to tangle with the league-leading Lynx. How many would have bet the Caps would be 4 points richer by Monday night? No one, probably, but that’s what they are after beating Geneva in a shootout and St. Petersburg by a convincing 4-1 count. Geneva and Edinburgh traded goals until it was 3-3 and Chris Stewart went out of turn and scored a shorthanded goal to give him 11 goals this season. Jamie Benn scored his second of the game a short time later, but veteran Nicklas Lidstrom tied it for Geneva with 1:09 left. In the shootout, Benn scored, only to be equaled by Teemu Selanne of Geneva, and defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson shot in an extra round to win it for Edinburgh. Shots were 36-31 in favor of Edinburgh. The next day in Russia, the Capitals outshot Petrograd 28-27, with Ekman-Larsson getting two assists as the game’s only multi-point player. Ilya Bryzgalov outplayed the Lynx’ Pekka Rinne by two saves.
Munich units take turns in driver’s seat
Moscow did a good job of containing Munich’s top forwards on Saturday … so the defense and fourth line did the damage. The Foxes beat the Dynamo 5-2. In Munich’s next game, in Athens on Monday, the top forwards carried the load in a 6-2 win. Joe Corvo had 5 points in the two games, including two goals in Moscow. defense partner Dan Boyle also scored in that game and another Fox blueliner, Dion Phaneuf has two assists. All three men had at least three hits and/or blocked shots. The Fox’ fourth line of Jim Slater, Brandon Yip and Niclas Hagman was plus 2, with Slater scoring a goal. For Moscow, Filip Kuba and Bryce Salvador each recorded 7 hits. In Athens, Munich and the Greeks were both thinking offense, with the Foxes outshooting Athens 38-33. Brooks Laich and Matt Cooke each had 3 points for Munich, while Athens Johnny Boychuk played well with 6 hits and 3 blocked shots.
Gothenburg nips St. Petersburg
Martin Brodeur outdueled Pekka Rinne, making 30 saves in Gothenburg’s 3-2 win. It was the first of two home games in a row the Lynx would lose. The home fans are not used to that. Stephane Robidas scored the game-winner for Gothenburg, which also got goals from Alec Martinez and Sam Gagner. Johnny Oduya, of Gothenburg, had 2 assists, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Gothenburg was 1 for 9 opn the powerplay, while St. Petersburg was 0 for 6.
Bern wins a pair by a goal each
Mike Smith played twice in two nights and did just enough to get his team 4 more points in the standings. On Sunday, he got a lot of help from Henrik Zetterberg, who opened the scoring against visiting Bratislava and then added the game winner in the third period. Jay Pandolfo also scored and it was the first time this season he was able to score a goal. Ron Hainsey registered 6 hits and 4 blocked shots while playing the Bears’ blueline. Martin Erat and Jonathan Toews each had a goal and an assist for the Eagles. A day later, Smith faced another goalie going on less than a day’s rest in Marc-Andre Fleury of London. Fleury was much busier. Bern outshot London 37-16, but had to go into overtime before Johan Franzen scored his second of the game to win it for Bern. He and Jason Spezza each had 3 points for the winners. Taylor Hall scored all 3 of London’s goals and he now has 12 this season. Tyler Seguin had an assist on each Hall goal.
Madrid 6, Athens 3
Madrid trailed the Greeks 2-0 in Athens on Saturday, but were able to reel off 6 straight goals and coast to victory. Young defensemen Slava Voynov and Erik Karlsson ewach had 3 points for the Royals. Four other Madrid players – Alex Tanguay, Joe Pavelski, Brian Rolston and Jordan Staal – as well as Athens’ Lubomir Visnovsky, David Backes and Scott Hartnell all had 2 points in the game. The game also featured a Hartnell vs. Brandon Prust fight.
Frankfurt 5, Minsk 2
Ryan Wilson and Nino Niederreiter gave Frankfurt a 2-0 lead and Wilson added an empty-netter. The INferno also got powerplay goals from Josh Gorges (his 10th of the season) and Claude Giroux (19th), while Zac Rinaldo and Patrik Berglund scored for the Hussars.
Milan 5, Prague 2
Milan outshot visiting Prague 35-17 and after a scoreless first period, Antoine Vermette and Matt Moulson scored two goals each in the second period for the Guerriero.
Weiss leads Copenhagen
Stephen Weiss scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in his team’s 6-2 over Dublin on Saturday. Teddy Purcell had a goal and 2 assists, while Andrew Ladd had one of each. Copenhagen built a 4-0 first period lead and continued the pressure, outshooting the Fighting Irish 45-19. Dublin’s James Wisniewski had 5 hits and 3 blocked shots in 26 minutes of ice time.
Burrows starts avalanche of Oslo goals
Alex Burrows broke a 3-3 tie with a shorthanded goal in the second period and that was followed by 3 other Devil tallies as Oslo beat Zurich 7-3. Burrows had 3 points, Daniel Briere had two goals and defense partners Shea Weber and Ryan Suter were plus 4 as a unit. On the other end of the spectrum, Zurich’s Matt Gilroy and Rostislav Klesla were minus 4, although Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists for the Lions.
London 3, Paris 1
Joffrey Lupul gave Paris a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal that held up until London’s Pierre Marc Bouchard, Michael Grabner and Marek Zidlicky all scored for the Knights.
Berlin wins one, loses one
The Spartans outshot the Smurfs 27-20 Sunday but lost a hard-fought game. The Smurfs opened enough of a gap in the score when Kris Versteeg and Logan Couture scored second period goals. Loui Eriksson made it a one-goal game with 8 minutes left, but Berlin’s Mika Kiprusoff held strong. Berlin did not take a single penalty in the game. A day later, the Smurfs lost 4-2 to the Geneva Generals. Berlin had their chances, with 12 powerplay opportunities, but were only able to get two PP goals – from Couture and David Krejci. Mike Fisher of Geneva broke a 2-2 tie on a nice play he made with Nick Foligno and Teemu Selanne with 3:14 left in the third period. David Desharnais had 2 points for Geneva, while Mike Del Zotto was plus 4 and Kari Lehtonenmade 23 saves.
Helsinki stops Belfast 4-1
The Jokerit outshot the Giants 41-20 and good scoring from Nick Spaling and Jan Hejda, who each had a goal and an assist on Sunday.Nik Antropov had a goal, 8 hits and 2 blocked shots for Helsinki. Belfast’s Matt Duchene scored to ruin Henrik Lundquist’s shutout bid.
Kesler fires 11 shots in win
Dublin’s Ryan Kesler had 11 shots on goal and scored once to lead the Fighting Irish over Zurich 5-3 on Monday. Kesler also had 2 assists. Phil Kessel also had a goal and 2 assists for Dublin, but he only had 5 shots on goal. Five different players scored for the Irish, who built a 4-2 lead in the second period. Blake Comeau scored two for Zurich.
Four first period goals hold up for Stockholm
Stockholm’s Ryan Smyth, Shane Doan, Jordan Caron and Loui Eriksson all scored in the first period and their teammates held on for a one-goal win in Frankfurt. Steven Stamkos scored two times in the second period for the Inferno and he now has 33 this season.