Weekend Highlights: Geneva wins twice; stars on four teams injured

Saturday

London 5, Belfast 3 – The Dons got even for an earlier loss to Belfast by going ahead 3-0 before the end of the second period. Tyler Seguin and Tyler Bozak scored their first goals of the year for London. In the third period, Belfast scored 3 times, but gave up two more London tallies. Bozak ended up with 3 points. It was a hard-hitting game with the Giants out-hitting the Dons 31-29. Marek Zidlicky, London’s veteran defenseman, suffered a leg injury in the first period.

Bern 2, Madrid 1 – The Bears beat the Royals in a game that featured solid goaltending. Each teams had 34 shots on goal, but only one got past Bern’s Mike Smith and only 2 got past Madrid’s Tomas Vokoun.  Martin Havlat’s fourth goal of the season was the game-winner early in the third period.

Milan 4, Dublin 1 – Visiting Milan quieted the Irish crowd with goals late in each period. Before the game was 15 seconds old (seconds, not minutes!), both goalies had lost their shutouts. The game started with a Milan goal by Dustin Brown 9 seconds in, followed by a Dublin tally by Bobby Ryan .5 seconds after that. Antti Niemi, in the Milan net, stopped the next 36 Dublin shots to earn the win.

Geneva 5, Frankfurt 2 – Linemates Marian Gaborik and Patrick Marleau were hard to stop. Gaborik scored twice and added an assist, while Marleau had 3 assists. The score was tied 2-2 when the third period began. Frankfurt’s Travis Zajac had a goal and an assist, along with 6 shots on goal, 4 hits and he was 13 of 24 on faceoffs.

Oslo 3, Zurich 2 – A third-period powerplay goal by Alex Burrows gave Oslo the win at home. The Outlaws’ penalty killers shined, stopping 9 out 10 Lion powerplays. Oslo was 2 for 6 on their own powerplays. Mikhail Grabovski had two assists to lead all scorers. Halfway through the game, the Lions lost star winger Ilya Kovalchuk to an injury.

St. Petersburg 3, Paris 2 – Erik Cole pulled one out for St. Petersburg by scoring a powerplay goal late in the contest. Paris was outshot 41-23 but fought back to tie it 2-2 on goals by Kyle Turris and Jason Krog. Brad Richards of St. Petersburg was minus 2 but he had 6 shots on goal, 3 hits, 3 blocked shots and was 17 of 28 in the faceoff circle. The last 3 minutes of the game were disastrous for Paris. Not only did Krog take a penalty that gave Cole his chance to win the game, but defenseman Kris Letang was hurt then as well.

Sunday

Bratislava 4, Edinburgh 3 (OT) – Bratislava was outshot by Edinburgh but won 4-3 on Zdeno Chara’s second of the year in overtime. Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews collected 3 points each for the Eagles, John Tavares did the same for the Capitals.

Moscow 5, St. Petersburg 2 – Moscow whipped St. Petersburg 5-2, scoring three times in the third period and outshooting the Red Stars 39-26. Rich Peverly scored two times and Benoit Pouliot added a pair of assists. It was not all good for Moscow. Duncan Keith was injured near the end of the first period and is expected to miss more than a week of games.

Geneva 5, Berlin 3 – Geneva went up 5-1 by the end of the second period and held off Berlin’s strong comeback effort in the third. Marian Gaborik scored twice for Geneva to give him 4 this season.  Teammate Patrick Marleau got off 7 shots, collected an assist and was credited with 6 of Geneva’s 28 hits. Michael Del Zotto blocks 5 shots for Geneva.

Bern 3, Frankfurt 2 (OT-SO) – Bern edged Frankfurt thanks to Tobias Enstrom’s goal in the shootout. Mike Smith stopped Drew Doughty on the Inferno’s last attempt in from of nearly 18,000 home fans.  Frankfurt’s Shane O’Brien was a plus 2 with 4 blocked shots, and partner Mike Lundin was also a plus 2 with 3 blocks and 3 hits. Brent Seabrook played well for Bern, registering 6 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Stockholm 5, Minsk 2 – Shane Doan’s goal in the second period broke a 2-2 tie and the Stockholm scored two more times and shut down Minsk over the final half of the game.  By the end of the game the Spartans outshot the Hussars 35-18. Five Stockholm players had 2-point games.

Copenhagen 6, London 2 – Shots were pretty even in the Ahearne Division battle, but the score wasn’t. The Tridents had a 4-point night from Brandon Sutter, who scored in the second period with what turned out to be the eventual game-winning goal and he added 3 assists. Copenhagen put London on the powerplay 9 times but was able to hold them off 8 of those times. Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of 31 shots.

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