Berlin 2, Dublin 1 – Both teams played the night before and the Smurfs had a little more energy in reserve on Tuesday. There were only three penalties called in the game but on the first one, Berlin’s powerplay cashed in, Matt Read getting his 19th goal of the season. Loui Eriksson and the Smurfs’ top line put the team up 2-0 in the second period and Dublin finally got on the scoreboard midway through the third period when Jakub Petruzalek sniped a corner for his 9th goal of the year. Erik Ersberg, in goal for Berlin, got the win with 32 saves, while Tim Thomas made 36 saves for Dublin but suffered his second loss in two nights. Matt Carle, Berlin’s plus 25 defenseman, hurt a finger in the first period and did not return, but he is not expected to miss many games.
Prague 3, Edinburgh 1 – The Siamese Cats have their claws out nowadays and on Tuesday, they pounced on the Capitals in Edinburgh, outshooting them 23-8 over the first two periods. The Cats scored a goal in each period and were ahead 3-0 until there were under 2 minutes to play. Gurkan Cetinkaya was able to score on a powerplay to ruin Ryan Miller’s shutout. The line of Bryan Little, Ryan Getzlaf and Marcel Hossa had a second good game in two nights as they combined for 16 shots on goal and goals by Little and Getzlaf. Prague has crept into serious playoff consideration. Geneva is currently holding the 8th and last playoff spot in the Southern Conference, but Prague is just 2 points behind them with 12 games to play. However, in between the two teams are Munich and Frankfurt.
Bratislava 4, Oslo 1 – The Eagles whipped the Outlaws in Slovakia, outshooting Oslo 42-19. Kyle Brodziak scored in the first period to make it 2-0 and the goal made him Bratislava’s 12th player with 10 or more goals. Bratislava has now won 9 of their last 10 games. Tyler Myers and Jonathan Toews both had 2 points to lead all scorers. Toews, Tyler Ennis and Marian Hossa, who comprise the Eagles’ top line, were named the league’s 3 stars for the week.
Copenhagen 3, Helsinki 2 – Two third period goals helped Copenhagen win a home game against Helsinki and the Tridents helped a fellow Ahearne Division team in the process. The Helsinki loss in regulation coupled with London’s 6-3 win over Munich put another 2 points between the Dons and the Jokerit in a hot race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Northern Conference. Five points now separate the teams. Helsinki trailed 1-0 in Copenhagen after Shea Weber blasted his 13th goal of the year, by the Jokerit were able to tie it in the first period and take the lead in the second. Paul Stastny and Cody Eakin got the goals for the Finnish team. But in the third period, Copenhagen’s Martin Thornberg, a Swede in his second EURO season, did a complete 360-degree spin in the slot and hit Brooks Laich with a pass that Laich converted into his 16th goal of the season. Then a little more than a minute later, Copenhagen took the lead for good when Stephen Weiss’ pass sent Tomas Fleischmann in a breakaway from the blue line. Fleischmann scored on Henrik Lundqvist and it was his 32nd goal of the season, a total which equals his Season 3 total and keeps him atop the team list in that category. Brian Elliott got the win in net for the Tridents.
London 6, Munich 3 – The Dons outshot Munich 39-22 but Munich was tied with London until the last 10 minutes. The Sedin twins played against each other in this one and both brothers scored goals. Henrik tipped in a Mark Giordano point shot for Munich in the second period to cut into London’s early 2-0 lead. Munich fought back to tie the game 3-3 on Talgut Zhailauov’s 16th of the season, but Brandon Saad scored for London with 5:49 to play and Daniel Sedin clinched it for London with an insurance goal – his 11th of the season – with 1:44 to play. Sedin’s goal was one of three powerplay goals the Dons were able to produce against Robert Kristan, who played goalie for Munich for the second time in two nights. He allowed a total of 10 goals and made 34 and 33 saves in the two games, both Munich losses.