Gothenburg 3, Paris 2
It was a real shootout in Paris, with Gothenburg emerging with the win. Only Milan Lucic was able to score int he shootout as he beat Paris goalie Jose Theodore. Martin Brodeur, meanwhile, stoned Evgeni Malkin, David Perron and Corey Perry to cement the win. There were 76 shots on goal in the game, 41 of them by Paris. There were also 19 penalties called and four goals scored to make it one of the busiest scoresheets in league history. Carl Hagelin’s powerplay goal with 2:25 remaining in the third tied it for Gothenburg and forced overtime.
Helsinki 2, Oslo 1
Dainius Zubrus assisted on a Jared Cowen goal in the third period and then scored one himself a few minutes later to put the visiting Finns up 2-0. Zubrus now has 5 points in 2 games. Oslo came back with a goal by Daniel Briere (his second of the year), but Henrik Lundquist slammed the door shut the rest of the way for the Jokerit. Anton Volchenkov assisted on both Helsinki goals.
Munich 6, Frankfurt 2
Munich found three forwards who could handle – and hurt – Frankfurt’s vaunted line of Stamkos-Giroux-Steen. Matt Cooke, Josh Bailey and rookie Talgat Zhailauov were plus 3 as a unit with all three of their goals coming against the Stamkos unit. Cooke had a goal and 2 assists, Zhailauov had one of each, and Bailey had an assist. Inferno star Claude Giroux left the game with a finger injury. The Fox outshot their German rivals 33-16 and led 5-0 early in the final period.
Moscow 5, Dublin 1
The shots were pretty even at 36-33, but the score wasn’t. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves to lead his Moscow team to a win at home. Spartak defenseman Duncan Keith is off to a hot start, as he scored his second goal of the season and added a pair of assists on Wednesday. Alexander Ovechkin also scored his second of the young season. The only Dublin goal was by Ryan Kesler with help from Phil Kessel.
Copenhagen 4, Athens 2
Athens fans were euphoric when they got to see their hockey team play for the first time at home this season, but they ended up witnessing a Greek tragedy. Not only did the hometown boys drop one to the Cup finalists, two Athens players were hurt and will be out of the lineup for about two weeks. Nathan Horton hurt a knee, while Ryan O’Reilly injured his groin. Four different Trident players scored against Corey Crawford, with Dany Heatley, Stephen Weiss and Andrew Ladd all ending the game with a goal and 2 assists. New Greek Jason Pominville scored a goal and one assist in his new home rink.
Milan 5, Stockholm 3
Josh Harding got a start in goal for the Guerriero and made the most of it, making 35 saves and getting first star honors. His best period was the second, when he turned away all of Stockholm’s 16 shots on goal. Steve Ott scored a goal and an assist in 8 minutes of ice time for Milan, while teammates Henrik Sedin and Dustin Brown did the same in 27 and 23 minutes respectively. Daniel Alfredsson of Milan, scored his second powerplay goal of the season. Rookie defenseman Gerhard Unterluggauer of Milan tried to make people remember his name – or at least part of it – by playing a very rough and tumble game. He was credited with 3 hits, but he took a checking from behind major penalty and a minor for unnecessary roughness. Stockholm’s best player was Mikko Koivu (2 assists, plus 2, and 15 of 24 on faceoffs).