Prague 5, Geneva 1
They had a very nice ceremony in Geneva to raise the championship banner to the rafters, the fans gave their hockey heroes a standing ovation, and then Prague Sparta knocked the Generals onto their accomplished rumps. Bryan Little did the most damage in the 5-1 win, scoring the season’s first hat trick. The shots were nearly even and Ryan Miller did better than Kari Lehtonen, stopping 30 Geneva shots.
Frankfurt 4, Milan 3
The Frankfurt Inferno started the day 5 men short of a starting lineup. Turns out they only need 3: Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux and Alex Steen. The awesome forward line accounted for all four Frankfurt goals, with Steen getting two of them. Each member of the line ended with 2 assists. Henrik Sedin, Dustin Brown and Daniel Alfredsson all had two points for the Guerriero. Frankfurt’s rookie goalie Kari Ramo made 27 saves to earn the win and he picked up an assist in the process.
Bratislava 3, Zurich 0
The Eagles didn’t play well enough to beat Zurich, but Craig Anderson sure did. The veteran goalie made 34 saves to record a shutout. Zurich outshot Bratislava 34-19, but Marian Hossa squeezed two past Brian Elliott and Kyle Brodziak scored one. In an odd move, Bratislava coach Bruce Boudreau dropped Hossa to the second line and inserted Ville Leino in his spot on the Toews line and somehow it paid off. Zurich played well and didn’t even take a penalty in the game.
Athens 5, Stockholm 2
The Greeks scored the first five goals of the game and held on to win. T.J. Oshie scored two for Athens. The only Spartan goals came while they were shorthanded. Daniel Cleary fed Mikko Koivu for one goal and then scored one himself. Athens rookie Vadim Shipachyov showed some nifty skating and stick-handling in his 9-minute EURO League debut, scoring a goal and an assist while firing 5 shots on Cam Ward.
Berlin 5, Paris 1
Three Smurfs had multi-point games in a 5-1 win in front of 17,620 unfriendly fans in Paris. Nikolai Kulemin had a goal and an assist, while Matt Read and David Krejci each had two assists. Jiri Tlusty, Niclas Hjalmarsson, Matt Carle and Logan Couture also scored for Berlin. Evgeni Malkin ruined Mika Kiprusoff’s shutout with a goal in the second period.
St. Petersburg 4, Madrid 1
The St. Petersburg Red Stars trailed Madrid 1-0 after a Mark Streit goal, but they scored once each period before adding an empty net goal to ruin the Royals’ home opener. Goal scorers for Petrograd were Brad Richards, Vladimir Sobotka, Valterri Filppula and Viktor Stalberg. Pekka Rinne made 31 saves for the winners.