Recent stats and facts

3 Stand-outs

Brent Seabrook, Bern, scored a goal, had 2 assists, 5 hits and was +3 in a 5-3 win in Dublin.

Cam Ward, Athens,  stopped 39 Edinburgh shots in a 2-0 win.

Kari Lehtonen, Geneva, stopped 32 Berlin shots in a 3-0 win in Germany

Surprises and Stuff

A scoreless tie was highly unexpected when high-powered Paris and Belfast met in their opener, but that’s what Cory Schneider, Belfast, and Tuukka Rask, Paris, provided. The game featured 60 shots and 15 powerplays but no one scored until Sidney Crosby and Nazem Kadri of Belfast beat Rask in the shootout.

Defenseman Eric Gelinas, Oslo, blocked 4 shots in a 5-2 loss against Moscow.

Munich newcomers Ryan Wilson and Chris Campoli contributed in their first game with the Dire Wolf, a 2-1 loss to St. Petersburg. Wilson had 4 blocked shots and Campoli had 4 hits and 2 blocked shots.

Mike Smith of Bern got help from his teammates when they scored 5 times to beat Dublin 5-3, but they didn’t help him much in the Bears’ defensive zone. Only 3 blocked shots were recorded by Bern players. Dublin got 21 shots on Smith.

Jakub Petruzalek, Dublin’s third line center, was over-matched in the faceoff circle in a 5-3 loss to Bern. He won only 4 of 16 draws.

Gothenburg outshot Milan 44-22 but lost in a shootout 3-2. The Devils’ second line of Martin St. Louis, Adam Henrique and Carl Hagelin accounted for both Gothenburg goals, 13 shots and 7 hits.

Derek Roy had 2 assists and 4 blocked shots for Milan in a 3-2 shootout win against Gothenburg.

Milan Gulas, Bratislava, won 12 of 15 faceoffs in a 5-2 loss to Stockholm.

The Montreal-born Scandella brothers had a good night. Giulio Scandella, Prague, scored on opening night in a 3-2 loss in Frankfurt; Marco Scandella, London, also scored in a 4-2 win over Minsk the same night. Giulio is the older brother. he plays right wing and has 16 career goals, while Marco, a defenseman, has 11.

Carey Price, Minsk, allowed 4 of London’s 12 shots to pass. London won 4-2 despite being outshot 36-12.

Zurich outshot Helsinki 36-19 but lost 2-1. Zurich’s Jussi Jokinen took 11 faceoffs in that game and only lost one of them.

Barry Prust, Madrid, got into two fights in his team’s opener against Copenhagen. He took on Dion Phaneuf and then Troy Brouwer.  On Feb. 27, 2013, when Prust and Phaneuf were in the NHL with Montreal and Toronto, they bumped each other in a corner, Prust dropped his gloves and Phaneuf skated away while they exchanged words. On Tuesday, Phaneuf obliged and observers said Phaneuf got the best of Prust in the scrap.  The Tridents won 2-1.

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