Minsk’s Galchenyuk outdoes his 2-point debut

Alex Galchenyuk's EURO career is off to a sizzling start.

Alex Galchenyuk’s EURO career is off to a sizzling start.

Minsk 5, Bratislava 3

The Minsk Hussars haven’t been winning too much this season and their 4-11-1 record has them stuck in last place overall. They ended a 10-game losing streak Wednesday by beating Bratislava, the team that started the losing streak three weeks earlier. What’s different about the Minsk that lost 4-3 to the Eagles three weeks ago and the one that beat them 5-3 Wednesday? A talented American rookie named Alex Galchenyuk is. The former Montreal Canadien made the big team this week and has produced points at a rate that should make him the team’s top scorer by … oh, about 10:30. At least that’s what it seems like with him tallying three goals and two assists in two games. His career started slowly on Tuesday, as he was held without a point or even a shot by Helsinki for the first two periods. By the third period, Galchenyuk had the hang of this EURO thing, notching an assist and a goal. A night later in Slovakia, he scored a point in each period. He is currently tied for 11th on the team in scoring and he’s only 5 points from the team leaders – Partic Hornqvist and Sergei Kostitsyn – who have each played 16 games. Not all his stats are as impressive as his offensive numbers are. Galchenyuk centers the Hussars’ second line between Hornqvist and Colin Wilson and on faceoffs, Galchenyuk is only 9 of 29. On Wednesday in Bratislava, Minsk came out quickly and outshot the Eagles 13-3 and out-scored them 3-1 on goals by Jakub Voracek, Jay McClement and Galchenyuk.

Madrid 5, Milan 4 – The Royals seemed to be in complete control after two periods, after they not only successfully fought off a 5-minute major penalty that defenseman Brayden Coburn took, but also got a shorthanded goal from Andy Sutton. Then in the third period, they had a powerplay of their own. That’s when the wheels starting falling off. Henrik Sedin scored while his team was a man down and that seemed to finally spark the Guerriero. They outshot Madrid 12-6 and got goals from Dustin Byfuglien and Steve Ott, by the rally fell short with Tomas Vokoun making key saves near the end for Madrid.  The Royals had scored 5 straight goals, with Ryan Johansen, Jordan Staal, Jeff Carter, Mark Streit and Sutton all finding the net.

Dublin 5, Edinburgh 4 (OT-SO) – Phil Kessel scored the only shootout goal to give the visiting Irish a win in Edinburgh. Kessel also scored in the second period to give his team a 4-3 lead that held up until the final 1:33 when Brandon Dubinsky scored his second of the year for the Caps to send the game into overtime.  Kyle Wellwood opened the scoring with a goal that was his first point in 16 games, and teammate Clarke MacArthur made it 2-0 with a little backhand shot on a rebound of a Dubinsky shot. Kessel and linemate Bobby Ryan each had 5 shots on goal to lead everyone in that category, while Irish defenseman James Wisniewski led everyone in hits with 5.

Munich 4, Stockholm 3 – Brooks Laich scored the first two goals in a 4-goal Munich outburst, but it was a Matt Cooke goal that stood up as the game-winner in Stockholm. Josh Bailey had two assists for the winning Fox, who got a 30-performance from Jonathan Quick. For Stockholm, Eris Staal was excellent in the offensive zone, firing 9 shots on Quick, but he and his linemates finished minus 2 for the game. The Spartans top scorers were Loui Eriksson and Mark Giordano, who each picked up 2 points.

London 5, Oslo 3 – The Dons topped their Ahearne Division foes despite taking 6 penalties in the final period. London led 4-1 after two periods thanks to goals by Tyler Bozak (2), David Clarkson and Brenden Morrow. Then, in the third period, newcomer Brandon Saad scored his first EURO goal to put the Dons on top 5-1. Penalty trouble led to two Oslo goals – by Daniel Sedin and Curtis Glencross – but that’s as close as the Outlaws could get. Bozak ended with three points, Clarkson had two, and three London players – Devin Setoguchi, Jake Gardiner and Tyler Seguin – had two assists. Shea Weber of Oslo, who is a plus 13, had 5 hits in the game to tie Jason Garrison of Moscow for the league lead in that stat.

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