Edinburgh storms back to beat Spartak

Edinburgh 5, Moscow 4 – The Edinburgh Capitals waited in the weeds for most of the game and then poured it on in the final 14 minutes to record a one-goal comeback win against visiting Moscow Spartak. Olivier Roland of Edinburgh scored two power play goals after the score was 4-2 Moscow and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov let in 4 goals but made the saves when they mattered most. Moscow seemed to be in control for most of the game, led by Dustin Brown’s two goals and Jason Garrison’s three assists and plus 4 play. They outshot Edinburgh 38-19. Edinburgh’s new top line of Rick Nash, Jamie Benn and John Tavares wasn’t great. Together, the three stars were each minus 3. Edinburgh has moved into 6th place overall in the league.

Helsinki 4, Oslo 2 – The Jokerit scored three power play goals en route to a win in Oslo. Mark Methot, 29, was the unlikely second star of the game. In his second game with Helsinki and 6th game in three seasons in the league, Methot scored a power play goal to tie it 1-1 and then assisted on an Eliezer Sherbatov goal that allowed Helsinki to take the lead for the first time. Recently acquired Alexander Radulov scored his 14th of the season early in the third period for what turned out to be the winning goal. Oslo defenseman Matt Irwin seemed to be everywhere Monday. In 26 minutes of ice time, he delivered 6 hits and blocked 5 shots. Helsinki might have won the game in the face-off circles. Paul Stastny won 22 of 34 draws and the rest of the team won 35 of 50.

Paris 6, Berlin 3 – Corey Perry scored a point for the 18th straight game and Berlin’s bad luck against paris continued Monday. The Smurfs outshot Paris 34-23 and 18-8 in the second period, but Eiffel goalie Tuukka Rask’s focus and determination was clear when he stopped all 18 of those shots. Joffrey Lupul scored Paris’ 3rd and 4th goals and Perry added two in the final period as the Eiffels’ lead grew to 6-1. Lupus also hurt the team with 10 minutes in penalties, but the Berlin power play wasn’t good enough Monday to make him pay for any of the offenses. Berlin’s arch nemesis, Evgeny Malkin assisted on 3 paris goals. Berlin’s Loui Ericsson scored a goal and had 2 assists. Paris is again the best team in the league, a point ahead of Moscow and with 3 games in hand. Berlin will be on home ice again today to play the Jokerit.

Milan 4, Frankfurt 3 – Kyle Okposo and Derek Roy of the Guerriero dented Frankfurt’s hopes of making the playoffs when they collaborated on two third-period goals. Milan, which sits in last place in the Southern Conference, should have been 2 points that the Inferno really needs. But the Guerriero played a fast-paced, aggressive game and held the Stamkos line to just 6 shots and 1 goal. Milan’s Danny Dekeyser made an imprint with a goal, an assist, 4 shots, 2 hits and a blocked shot, while fellow blue liner Johnny Boychuk had 3 hits and 3 blocked shots.

Madrid 6, Dublin 1 – Dublin was drubbed in Spain, thanks mainly to the 34-save goaltending of Robin Lehner. Most of the game’s goals came in the first 20 minutes. Madrid’s Jordan Staal and Erik Karlsson scored goals and Dublin’s Phil Kessel scored his 36th of the season in reply, but the Royals built their lead to 4-1 later in the period on goals by Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider. Two more Madrid players scored in the second period and the Royals slowed the pace of the game over the final 20 minutes, which were scoreless. Madrid’s R.J. Umberger led everyone in shots with 8 and Mason Raymond of the Fighting Irish had 6. Evander Kane of Dublin had 5 shots on goal and he blocked 5 shots from the opposition.

Bratislava 4, Munich 1 – The Dire Wolf doesn’t seem to be trying too hard these days. They have done a slow drop in the Southern Conference standings and are in real danger of dropping lower than their current 8th place position. On Monday, the highest OV rating of their top 6 forwards was Matt Cooke’s 70 and all 6 of their third and fourth line forwards are rated better than Cooke. Likewise, the defense corps looks like an inverted triangle with the higher ranked players at the bottom. Corey Schneider started in goal, but Robert Kristan, his backup, has seen nearly as many starts. The result was a poor performance in Bratislava. The Eagles outshot Munich 15-3 in the opening period and 44-17 overall. Lauri Korpikoski, picked up on waivers from Edinburgh, was the only player with a multi-point game, as he scored a power play goal to open the scoring in the second period and assisted on a Tyler Myers goal in the third. Myers and towering teammate Zdeno Chara are third and fourth respectively in hits in the league, behind Copenhagen’s Shea Weber and league leader Brent Seabrook of Bern. Bratislava winger Shawn Matthias led everyone in shots with 7 in 11 minutes of ice time. Bratislava is 8-2 in their last 10 games while Munich is 3-7.

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