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 goal for Helsinki, which added an empty-netter and sent the nearly 18,500 home fans into the street happy. Helsinki played a very disciplined game, escaping without a single penalty. Paul Stastny was their most productive player, getting a goal and an assist. To make up for the loss of Tanguay, Madrid called up Patrick O’Sullivan and moved Gabriel Landeskog up to the top line with Joe Pavelski and Jeff Carter.
Geneva 5, Frankfurt 3
Frankfurt and Geneva played an even game until the third period, when Geneva’s Chris Kunitz and Michael Del Zotto scored a little more than 2 minutes apart. Kunitz also opened the scoring in the second period and he now has 23 goals this season. Nicklas Lidstrom had 8 shots on goal and 2 points for the Generals, who also had Marian Gaborik assist on 3 goals. Alex Steen and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for Frankfurt, Ray Emery turned away 27 of the Generals’ first 29 shots but faded in the third period.
Athens 2, Milan 1
Patrick Dwyer and Johnny Boychuk scored in the first period for Athens and the defense and goalie Michal Neuvirth were good enough in the next two periods to stave off Milan’s comeback effort. Jason Garrison scored the only Guerriero goal. Neuvirth finished with 22 saves, getting help from forward David backs, who blocked 3 shots.
Berlin 4, Munich 3
R.J. Umberger was Smurf of the Day, scoring 2 goals, getting one assist and being credited for 3 hits in the all-German battle. Logan Couture also played well, getting a goal and an assist and winning a slight majority of the 30 faceoffs he took. Dan Boyle was a minus 2 for Munich, but he blocked 5 shots and dished out 4 hits in the game. Steve Downie had a goal and an assist to be the only Munich player with a multi-point night. The winning goalie, Mika Kiprusoff, stopped 34 Fox shots.
Stockholm 6, Minsk 1
Stockholm dominated the Hussars, outshooting them 44-22, including 17-6 in the opening period. Ryan Smyth had a 4-point game for the Spartans, scoring once and assisting on two Dan Cleary goals and one by Miko Koivu. Shane Doan also scored twice for Stockholm. Swede Niclas Backstrom scored Minsk’s lone goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. Johan Hedberg stopped 21 of 22 Minsk shots for the win.
St. Petersburg 5, Prague 4 (shootout)
The Lynx scored twice in the third period to erase a 4-2 Prague lead and force the game into overtime. In the extra 5 minutes, Prague got two shots on St. Petersburg’s Marty Turco, but he stopped both and forced a shootout, where scores by Brad Richards and Jarome Iginla and Brad Richards outdid a score by Zach Parise of Prague. Jason Blake had 2 assists in just 9 minutes of play for the Sparta, and teammate Bryan Little had a goal and an assist. Artem Anisimov of St. Petersburg didn’t score, but he managed to fire 6 shots on Ryan Miller in just 10 minutes.