Minsk 2, Moscow 1 – Patrik Berglund snuck behind Moscow defenseman Jason Garrison and took a goal-mouth feed from Gustav Nyqvist to score a third-period power play goal to break a 1-1 tie and enable Minsk to topple visiting Spartak. It was Berglund’s 22nd goal of the season. The 26-year-old is third on the Hussars in goals and first among forwards in plus-minus with a plus 12 rating. Nicklas Backstrom scored the first goal of the game – his 34th – for Minsk, but Moscow’s Anze Kopitar drilled a wrist shot for his 21st to tie it in the second period. The goalies were good, with Moscow’s Jaro Halak making 37 saves to Hussar Carey Price’s 32. Worse yet for Moscow, two left wingers are now hurt or sick. Andrew Ladd suffered an arm injury and there is no word on when he is expected to return to the lineup, and Kris Versteeg has come down with the flu. Eric Nystrom, who played 58 games last season for the champs, will probably be called up to replace one of his fellow left wingers, although coach Joel Quenneville might opt to shuffle some players to get Nate Thompson and/or Brandon Bochanski into the lineup.
Prague 5, Copenhagen 1 – Prague’s Niko Hovinen was great in goal and teammates like Alexander Galchenyuk did well at the other end of the rink. Galchenyuk played 9 minutes and scored a pair of goals. Others with multi-point games were Andre Bykov, Antoine Vermette and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Eric Brewer played strong on defense in front of Hovinen with 4 hits and 3 blocked shots. The Siamese Cats remain 5 points out of a playoff spot with 15 games to play.
Bern 5, Helsinki 2 – The Helsinki Jokerit made a trip to Bern, Switzerland, Wednesday but they didn’t do much when they got there. Bern outshot the visitors 41-18 overall and 15-2 in the second period. Jason Spezza scored two or Bern’s first three goals and he now has 35 goals this season. Tobias Enstrom had two assists in the game and was plus 3 with defense partner Brent Seabrook, who registered 7 hits for the Bears. Bern is in fourth place in the Southern Conference, while Helsinki hurt its chances of holding on to the 8th place spot in the Northern Conference by failing to pick up a point.
Zurich 5, Oslo 2 – With backup Jeff Zatkoff in goal for the Lions, Zurich sped away from the visiting Outlaws quickly, thanks to the league’s leading goal scorer. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a little more than 5 minutes into the game and then added his 42nd of the season almost exactly a period later to give his team a 2-0 lead. Patrick Kane assisted on both goals and then added another assist on Patrice Bergeron’s goal that made it 5-2 in the third period. Matt D’Agostini had a good game for the Outlaws, getting a goal and an assist and taking 5 shots on goal in his 17 minutes of ice time.
Paris 5, St. Petersburg 3 – Powerful Paris scored at least one goal in every period and outshot the host Red Stars 43-23. Mikko Koivu played a key role in the win. He assisted on waiver acquisition Ville Leino’s second goal of the season that put Paris on top 3-2. St. Petersburg’s Dmitri Kalinin scored a shorthanded goal with teammate David Savard sitting in the box serving a major penalty, but on the same man advantage, Koivu tapped in a rebound to give Paris a 4-3 lead. Then, early in the third period, Koivu assisted on an Alexander Semin goal that made it 5-3. Paris’ top two forwards, Evgeny Malkin and Corey Perry each had 6 shots on goal as well as a goal and an assist. Kalinin and Artem Anisimov each had a goal and an assist for Petrograd.