Edinburgh 5, Gothenburg 4 – Thanks to the work of goalie Kari Lehtonen and shooters John Tavares and Olivier Roland in the shootout, Edinburgh has climbed into 5th place overall and second in the Northern Conference. Visiting Gothenburg put up a good fight, coming back twice from one-goal deficits to earn a point in the standings. They had a chance to send the home fans away disappointed when Capitals winger Rick Nash took a penalty with 35 seconds remaining in overtime, but the Devil powerplay couldn’t come up with the deciding goal.Tony Martensson was the star of the game, scoring twice for Edinburgh and getting an assist on a Jay Bouwmeester goal. One of Martensson’s tallies was shorthanded. The former Belfast Giant has 3 shorthanded goals this season after scoring just one in two seasons with the Giants. The 28-year-old’s ice time was reduced when he came to Scotland and his offensive production has gone down accordingly, but his plus 13 (he was a minus player in Belfast) and is currently centering the second line with Nash and Andrei Kostitsyn.
Geneva 5, Bratislava 4 – The Generals scored 4 times on Bratislava’s Craig Anderson in the game’s first 9:03, earning the veteran goalie an early trip to the showers. Corey Crawford did better replacing him, but a David Desharnais goal in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner for Geneva on home ice. Sergei Kostitsyn contributed with a goal and a an assist in the first period during the Geneva assault on Anderson. He also assisted on the Kostitsyn goal and finished plus 2. Geneva defenseman Ilya Nikulin made a difference for the winners, scoring a goal and blocking 4 Bratislava shots before they could get to goalie Fredrik Andersen. Tyler Ennis was named the game’s first star after the Bratislava water bug scored 2 goals and added an assist. Ennis is the Eagles’ leading goal scorer with 29 and he’s tied for the team lead in scoring with Jonathan Toews. The win enabled Geneva to remain ahead of Munich and Frankfurt in the battle for the last playoff spot in the Southern Conference.
Stockholm 3, Dublin 1 – Bobby Ryan, who earlier in the game assisted on a Jeff Cart goal for Stockholm, sent the Swedish fans into a frenzy late in the third period when he took a bad-angle shot from close in and beat Tim Thomas for a goal that broke a 1-1 tie in a game with heavy playoff implications. Dublin outshot Stockholm 28-23 and they tied the game in the second period when Tomas Plekanec slipped in his 11th goal of the season, but Braden Holtby in the Stockholm net made several acrobatic saves to thwart the Irish just enough before an empty net goal by Marcus Johansson with a minute left made the task all but impossible. Mike Richards contributed to the Stockholm win by getting assists on both of their first two goals.
Athens 5, Berlin 2 – Athens’ fourth line of Bobby Butler, Erik Condra and Brian Bickell scored twice in the first two periods and helped the Greeks cruise into the third period with a comfortable lead against the visiting Smurfs. David Krejci was able to score a pair of goals for Berlin, but Vadim Shpichayov scored his second of the contest and Chris Phillips added one to keep Athens in command. The Phillips goal came while Athens’ fourth line was on the ice, making Butler and company plus 3 for the game. Berlin actually outshot Athens, but Cam Ward was outstanding in the Greek net, making 37 saves.
Munich 4, Frankfurt 3 – In a battle of German rivals, Cory Schneider was able to stop just enough Frankfurt shots to give his Dire Wolf the win and put them a point away from the last playoff berth in the Southern Conference. Munich had the better start to the game, as Henrik Sedin scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to give his team a 2-0 lead, but in the second period, Frankfurt came back to tie it, getting both goals from Claude Giroux. He scored on a Frankfurt powerplay and then added a shorthanded goal, his 34th of the year. In the third period, Munich went up by two goals again after Mark Giordano and Matt Cooke scored on Jan Laco. Giroux assisted on an Alex Steen goal to make for an extremely interesting 2:42 of regulation, but Schneider would give in. Ryan Wilson played well for Munich, registering 4 hits and 3 blocked shots.
Madrid 5, Milan 1 – Madrid outshot Milan 43-16 Thursday, but it was the players who shot less – not more – who sunk Milan. Olli Jokinen, Brian Campbell, Jordan Staal and Derek Stepan all fired at least 6 shots on the very busy Alex Stalock, but of their 25 shots, only 2 got past Stalock. Meanwhile, the trio of Erik Karlsson, Chris Stewart and Sean Couturier tallied 3 goals on just 6 shots. Each of the latter three players also had an assist. Madrid is in 7th place in the Southern Conference but within striking distance of 4th place.