Madrid 6, Frankfurt 3 – The Geneva Generals didn’t play a game Sunday but it was still a pretty successful day for them. Two of the three teams hot on their tail for the final playoff spot in the Southern Conference failed to gain ground. Prague lost to first-place Paris and Frankfurt dropped a game at home against Madrid. The latter game was never even close. Madrid stormed into Frankfurt and scored three goals in the first 8 minutes, prompting the benching of Frankfurt starting goalie Kari Ramo. They outshot the host Inferno 15-6 in the first period and carried a 4-0 lead into the second period. Two veteran forwards had great games playing on Madrid’s second line. Olli Jokinen finished with a goal and 5 points, while Alex Tanguay produced 2 goals and 2 assists. Their center, Jordan Staal, had 2 goals and 1 assist. Frankfurt’s Steven Stamkos-Claude Giroux-Alex Steen line produced 2 goals.
Paris 6, Prague 2 – Ryan Miller and the Siamase Cats were no match for Paris’ high-octane offense on Sunday. The Rouges Eiffels scored six times with six veteran forwards getting goals. Evgeny Malkin, Corey Perry and Joffrey Lupul, who play on the top line, as well as second-liners Alexander Semin and Mikko Koivu each finished the game with a goal and an assist. Fourth-line center Kyle Turris also scored. Defense partners Alex Pietrangelo and Ken Kuusk each finished plus 3 with 2 assists. Malkin is now second in the league in scoring, training Steven Stamkos of Frankfurt by a point. Prague’s most noticeable player was Andrej Sekera, who had 4 hits and 3 blocked shots. The home loss keeps Prague tied with Frankfurt and Munich at 64 points, which puts all three of them 3 points behind Geneva in 8th place in the South. There are between 9 and 12 games remaining in the season for the four teams.
Copenhagen 4, Stockholm 3 – Copenhagen looked at home in Stockholm Sunday, outshooting the Eagles 44-25 and creating a little more distance between the two teams that are battling for 6th place in the Northern Conference. Stockholm managed to get a point at least by extending the game into overtime, thanks to the goaltending of Viktor Fasth and two late goals by Olli Maatta and Jeff Carter. Linetmates Martin Thornberg and Brooks Laich each had a goal and an assist for Copenhagen. The shootout went to six shooters per team and Nick Holden of Copenhagen scored the winner. Zach Bogosian had 3 hits and 4 blocked shots for the Eagles, while Shea Weber dished out 7 hits for the Tridents.
Moscow 5, St. Petersburg 4 – Moscow got a scare from their Russian brothers, but prevailed because Brandon Sutter scored the last two goals of the game. Moscow jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a lopsided first period, but they let the foot off the gas pedal as St. Petersburg punched it. Red Stars speedsters Cam Atkinson, Martin St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello scored in the second period to tie the game and defenseman Jeff Petry scored late in the period to give visiting St. Pete the lead. Sutter scored twice on a team-high 6 shots on goal and he was 10 of 15 in the faceoff circle.
Bratislava 3, Zurich 2 – Defenseman Paul Martin squeezed a puck into the Zurich goal with just 5 seconds left to give Bratislava its 11th win in the last 12 games. Tyler Myers’ shorthanded goal a little more than a minute earlier was just as huge for the Eagles, who are now in 4th place in the Southern Conference. The game was virtually a mirror image of itself. Zurich outshot Bratislava 14-6 in the first period, Bratislava outshot Zurich 14-7 in the third and the two teams each had 11 shots in the second period. Ilya Kovalchuk had 8 shots on Bratislava goalie Corey Crawford but couldn’t score. Jussi Jokinen and Drew Stafford scored the Lions’ goals.
Milan 3, Dublin 1 – The Guerriero won for the third time in four games and they didn’t expend too much energy against visiting Dublin. They dominated the shot count 40-14 with 31 of their shots coming in periods 1 and 2. Mark Letestu got the offense going midway through the first period by punching home his 8th goal of the season. Letestu plays on the third line with Joakim Lindstrom and Tomas Zaborsky. With the score tied at 1-1 late in the game, Lindstrom came through for Milan by netting his 13th of the year. Zaborsky picked up assists on both Milan goals and his teammates were able to add an empty-net goal later. James Wisniewski scored on a short-handed 2-on-1 to keep Alex Stalock from recording his second career shutout.
- Pekka Rinne, Gothenburg, 59 games played; 2.71 goals against average, 90.9 save percentage
- Jason Spezza, Bern, 84 points, minus 11, 22 minutes per game
- Nikolai Kulemin, Berlin, 32 points, plus 7, 9 minutes per game
- Kyle Brodziak, Bratislava, 26 points, plus 1, 11 minutes per game
- Marco Scandella, London, 16 points, minus 9, 16 minutes per game
- Jonas Brodin, Madrid, 7 points, minus 2, 18 minutes per game