Recap of Saturday games
London 6, Oslo 2 – Taylor Hall had a memorable game for the Dons Saturday, torching Oslo goalie Semyon Varlamov for 4 power play goals. His first goal broke a 2-2 tie early in the second period and his other 3 goals game in a 5:18 span of the third period. Hall now has 26 goals, which ties him for 4th in the EURO League in that category. Teammate Sam Gagner actually outscored Hall on Saturday, accumulating 5 assists. Jeff Skinner had 3 assists.
Milan 5, Paris 4 – Thomas Vanek was the only player who could score in the shootout and that gave the Guerrero a win over Paris. Milan outshot the Eiffels 39-31 and scored all four of their goals in the second period. Corey Perry was the top scorer in the game with a goal and 2 assists for Paris. Milan got inspired play from Peter Mueller, who had 8 shots and one goal in 12 minutes of ice time.
Gothenburg 5, St. Petersburg 2 – Carl Hagelin scored two goals in 7 seconds to give the Devils a 2-0 lead and then his teammates scored on their first three power play opportunities. Hagelin lost his shot at a hat trick when he left with a shoulder injury in the second period.The top scorers for Gothenburg were Jordan Eberle with 4 points and John Carlson with 3. Cam Atkinson and Viktor Stalberg scored for St. Petersburg.
Prague 4, Stockholm 3 – The Siamese Cats scored four times before Stockholm started a comeback attempt that fell short. The Eagles made it interesting with three goals on Ryan Miller in the final 6 minutes of the game. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Galchenyuk worked very well together for Prague, getting points on the first 3 goals of the game. Nugent-Hopkins scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season. Olli Maatta of Stockholm had 4 hits and 3 shot blocks.
Moscow 3, Munich 0 – Moscow put heavy pressure on Robert Kristan and Munich Saturday, leaving Bavaria with a 3-0 win. Jarolslav Halak earned the shutout with 27 shots. Moscow took 42 shots and got power play goals from Anze Kopitar and Aleksey Morozov. But Kevin Dallman’s 11th of the season, a shorthanded goal late in the first period, was all Spartak ended up needing. Dallman also had an assist and 6 hits.
Bratislava 3, Bern 0 – The Eagles came to play Saturday in Bern, but the home team didn’t really seem to. Bratislava’s Craig Anderson shutout the Bears with 22 saves and his teammates – Marian Hossa, Christian Ehrhoff and Zdeno Chara – scored a goal in each period. Jonathan Toews, who has had a quiet season for Bratislava, had 6 shots on goal to lead everyone in that area.
Recap of Friday games:
Berlin 6, Madrid 1 – Dan Cleary opened the scoring for Madrid with his 7th of the season 5 minutes into the game, but only 12 minutes later, his team was on the wrong side of a 4-1 score. Six different Surfs scored Friday including Gerhard Unterluggauer, who scored shorthanded for his 6th of the season. The Austrian also had 2 assists and 4 hits. Berlin’s Nathan Horton, Logan Couture and Ryan Callahan also had multi-point nights. The Smurfs have won their last 3 games and scored 6 goals in each of them.
Dublin 5, Geneva 1 – Ryan Kesler scored twice in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and help Dublin to a win in Switzerland. Kesler, who is tied for the league led in scoring, also assisted on a Keith Yandle goal in the final period that made it 5-1. The Irish also got a shorthanded goal from Cody Franson. Geneva took too many penalties. The gave Dublin 9 man advantages. One of their penalties was for too many men on the ice and it came 30 seconds after they had killed off a penalty they received for … too many men on the ice. Kesler, Franson and James Wisniewski all had 3 points for the Irish and Jon Bernier stopped 20 of Geneva’s 21 shots.
Copenhagen 4, Athens 1 – The Tridents gave Athens a nasty welcome to Denmark on Friday, outshooting the Greeks 47-24 and outscoring them 4-1. Mason Raymond was the Tridents’ most effective player, scoring twice. Nick Holden and Nathan Gerbe also scored for Copenhagen and Ben Smith had 2 assists. Thomas Greiss played in goal for the home team and he stopped 23 of 24 shots. Raymond, Shea Weber and Boyd Gordon ended the game plus 3 for Copenhagen.
Edinburgh 4, Zurich 3 – 14,334 fans left the arena in Edinburgh happy after the Capitals eked out a one-goal win over Zurich. Scoring for the Caps were forwards Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Derek Stepan and Olivier Roland, as well as blueliner Luke Schenn. Janne Niskala scored for the Lions who nearly came back to tie it after third-period goals by Patrice Bergeron and Ilya Kovalchuk, who now has a league-high 35 goals this season. Edinburgh’s Gurkan Cetinkaya had 4 hits and 3 blocked shots in 18 minutes of ice time.
Helsinki 4, Minsk 1 – The Jokerit were 3 of 6 on the power play and that was the difference for them against the visiting Hussars on Friday. Each team scored a goal within the first 5 minutes of the game, but Helsinki goalie Henrik Lundqvist pitched a shutout from that point on. Brayden Schenn scored on the same night his brother did for Edinburgh. It was Helsinki’s only 5-on-5 goal against the Hussars. Paul Stastny had 2 points and was 22 of 35 in the faceoff circle.
Belfast 3, Frankfurt 2 – Belfast nearly doubled the Inferno’s shot total, but thanks to Frankfurt goalie Kari Ramo, the game remained tight throughout. Cole Harbour natives Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon scored Belfast’s first two goals, but it took James Neal’s wrist shot with 1:37 left in the second period to win the game. Sami Vaatanen and Nick Bjugstad scored for Frankfurt.