Helsinki inches farther from Edinburgh

Tonight’s game in Edinburgh was as pivotal a game as there has been in the EURO thus far. It pitted two teams that are fighting tooth-and-nail for the final playoff spot in the Northern Conference. The lead-up Helsinki traveled to Scotland on Tuesday with a 2-point lead over the Capitals for that coveted eighth-place spot.…

Bern, Geneva first to earn playoff spots

The Bern Bears and the Geneva Generals, two Swiss rivals, have become the first EURO League teams to clinch playoff berths. With less than 20 games remaining in each team’s regular season schedule. Bern has 97 points, which is 41 more than Paris, the ninth-place team in the Southern Conference. Geneva is a point behind…

Stamkos the one to beat for scoring title

For the first weeks of the first EURO Hockey League season, Jason Spezza and his Bern Bear teammates seemed to be dominating the stats sheets. Two-thirds of the way into the season, however, the landscape looks different. Among the top 32 scorers in the league, 18 teams are represented.  Prague has four skaters in the…

Zubrus goal breaks tie in Helsinki victory

Helsinki 4, Madrid 2 With Alex Tanguay out of commission for three weeks or more  with a back injury, the Madrid Royals had trouble generating enough offense in Helsinki on Wednesday. Jordan Staal scored two goals to pull them into a 2-2 tie with the Jokerit, but Dainus Zubrus came up with a big third-period…