Prague 5, Milan 4 – The Milan Guerriero surged ahead of Prague in the second period by scoring four straight goals, but ultimately, Bryan Little was too big for them. Little, who has been on a mini tear, scored twice in the third period and assisted on Dmitiri Kulikov’s game-tying goal. Then in the sixth round of the shootout, Little scored to win the game. Prague netminder Ryan Miller made five straight saves in the shootout after giving up a goal to Marcus Kruger. For Milan, Kyle Okposo had two assists and nine other players scored a point in the loss. Marcel Hossa took 9 shots on the Milan goal and was plus 2 with one assist. The Cats have moved past Munich and Frankfurt are now in 9th place, a point behind Geneva.
Copenhagen 2, Geneva 1 – The Tridents had no trouble getting shots off at the Geneva goal Thursday. They fired 51 of them, in fact. The trouble they encountered was in getting pucks past Fredrik Andersen. The young goalie allowed just one of the 51 shots to get by him, and if he had stopped Nick Holden’s second-period shot, Geneva would have lost 1-0 because Dennis Wideman scored for the Generals in the third period. As it turned out, the game went to a shootout, where Alex Ovechkin and Tomas Fleischmann were both able to score for Copenhagen. The Tridents ended up outshooting Geneva 51-22. Ovechkin and Stephen Weiss combined for 13 shots for Copenhagen and Weiss won 20 of 30 faceoffs.
Athens 5, Dublin 2 – The Kronwall brothers both scored goals Thursday at home in a win over Dublin. The Greeks outshot the Irish 38-22, and they slowed the pace of the game in the third period, which they entered with a 3-1 lead. Four Athens players – Staffan Kronwall, Kyle Palmeiri, David Backes and Scott Hartnell – had 2-point games. The loss keeps Dublin in 10th place in the Northern Conference, 7 points out of the playoffs with 12 games to go.
Minsk 3, Zurich 1 – Nicklas Backstrom was the star of the day for Minsk in their latest road victory. He opened the scoring in the first period and then, with the game tied 1-1, scored the game-winner with just 14 ticks left on the clock. Minsk was able to add an empty net goal before the buzzer. In the league’s individual scoring race, Backstrom and three other players are in a dead heat at the top. Backstrom, Evgeny Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Kesler all have 89 points. Dale Weise scored Zurich’s lone goal, as Carey Price out-dueled Roberto Luongo in the goalie department.
Paris 4, Edinburgh 2 – A strong first period led to a Paris win in Edinburgh. The league-leading Rouge Eiffels outshot the home team 18-7 in the opening period and outscored them 3-1. The game was very even the rest of the time. Scoring for the Eiffels in the first period were Alex Pietrangelo (his 19th of the season), Josef Vasicek (19th) and Kyle Turris (14th). Evgeny Malkin scored his 36th on a third-period powerplay. Edinburgh’s goals came from Kyle Wellwood (8th) and Tony Martensson (19th). The Caps’ Jay Bouwmeester recorded 5 shot blocks, while Malkin blocked 3 for Paris.