Chara plays big as first star in Bratislava

Bratislava 4, Munich 3 – Captain Zdeno Chara assisted on two important goals in the third period and then scored an overtime goal to finally put away the pesky Munich Dire Wolf on Sunday. Playing at home, Bratislava outshot Munich 42-17 but trailed 2-0 after two periods thanks in part to Henrik Sedin, who scored his first shorthanded goal of the year for the Wolf. The 37-year-old Chara has had a little resurgence this year and is one point from equally the point total he put up last season. And his plus-minus rating is a career best plus 25. On Sunday, Chara’s defense partner Paul Martin had a goal and an assist and was a game-high plus 3. Munich is in 9th place in the Southern Conference, a point behind Geneva, and Bratislava is in 6th place, a point behind both Zurich and Bern.

Stockholm 5, Moscow 3 – Defenseman Mike Green scored two goals for Stockholm in their upset win over Moscow. Green’s first goal cut into Moscow’s early 2-0 lead and his second goal was the insurance tally to make it 5-3 and it was the last goal scored in the game. Bobby Ryan, the one-time Dublin star, scored twice for Stockholm and Viktor Fasth stopped 28 shots for the Eagles in the win. Moscow’s newest acquisition, Max Pacioretty, scored two goals and he now has 35 on the season.

Athens 4, Paris 3 – The Greeks scored the first 3 goals of the game, but Paris sent the game into overtime with a furious comeback that featured three goals in the last 10 minutes, including 2 in the final two minutes and one by Mikko Koivu with just 1 second remaining on the clock. David Backes was the hero for Athens, as he was the only player who was able to score in the shootout. He also opened the scoring with his 26th of the season in the first period. Backup goalie Richard Bachman got the win in net for Athens, stopping 31 Paris shots. It was only the third time in 32 games this season that Paris has lost on home ice.

Zurich 5, Madrid 4 – A win on Zurich ice would have put Madrid into 5th place in the Southern Conference and dropped Zurich to 7th place. But thanks to Tomas Tatar’s powerplay goal, his Lions won and are in 4th place and Madrid is three places behind them. The game was evenly played with the two teams trading goals most of the night. Zurich defense partners Tyson Barrie and Marc Staal were the only players better than plus 1 in the game and each scored a goal en route to being named two of the three stars. Barrie’s goal tied the game at 2-2 in the first period, and Staal’s goal in the second put the Lions ahead 3-2. Brian Gionta got the Royals close when he scored his 7th of the season, but that came with just 12 seconds left in regulation.

Bern 5, Geneva 4 – The first 7 shooters in the shootout couldn’t score and that gave Tobias Enstrom of Bern to win it and he did so by zipping a shot past Geneva goalie Fredrik Andersen. Andersen was a lot busier than his counterpart at the other end – Cam Talbot – as Bern outshot Geneva 42-24. Bern’s most dangerous players were Henrik Zetterberg, who fired 9 shots on goal and had two assists, and Mika Zibanejad, who had 7 shots, a goal and an assist. Jason Spezza scored twice for Bern, while Mike Fisher did the same for the Generals.

Berlin 5, Oslo 1 – The Smurfs scored an easy win on home ice, outshooting Oslo 48-23. David Krejci and Matthew Carle led the charge, with both tallying a goal and 2 assists. Logan Couture opened the scoring in the first minute with his 31st goal of the season and he led everyone in shots on goal with 8. Shortly after Couture’s goal, Oslo took a penalty and Krejci scored on the powerplay to make it 2-0 before the game was even 2 minutes old. Berlin is now in 4th place overall, just 4 points behind first-place Paris.

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