Edinburgh 5, London 4 – Nice third period, Luke Schenn. With his team trailing 3-2 to London, the 25-year-old Edinburgh defenseman came out of the dressing room after the second intermission and took matters into his own hands. About a minute into the third period, Schenn blasted a slapshot that was goal number 7 for him this season. About 4 minutes later, it was goal number 8 and 11 minutes after that, he took another blast from the blueline that was deflected in by teammate Andrei Kostitsyn and it was 5-3 Edinburgh. Taylor Hall, who now has 36 goals, scored to bring London within a goal, but Kari Lehtonen and the Caps shut the door enough to emerge with 2 points on the road. Edinburgh is in 5th place overall and they currently at the top of Websim’s Power Rankings. London is in 8th place in the Northern Conference with a 4-point cushion over Helsinki.
Gothenburg 4, Athens 1 – Zach Parise scored two goals and Pekka Rinne made 23 saves and allowed just one goal as the Devils conquered the visiting Greeks. Parise now has 40 goals this season and is third in the EURO in goals. It is also the third time in four seasons he has hit the 40-goal plateau. Only Steven Stamkos and Evgeny Malkin have scored more than Parise has. Parise worked particularly well with Adam Henrique, who has had a great season. Both had 6 shots on goal and 2 points Monday against Athens. Henrique leads the team in scoring and the league in plus-minus with a plus 43 rating. By contrast, Parise is minus 11. Gothenburg suffered a blow after the game when it was announced Rinne sustained a lower body injury. Anders Lindback, who grew up in Gavle on the other side of Sweden from Gothenburg and who has a lifetime 88.8 save percentage in four seasons with Gothenburg, will guard the net until Rinne is ready to return. Gothenburg and Athens will meet again Wednesday night in Athens.
Bern 4, Dublin 1 – The Fighting Irish met up with a bear of a goalie in Mike Smith Monday and Smith prevailed. Dublin outshot Bern 41-35 in Bern, but Smith stopped everything other than a screened wrist shot by Olexander Podbyedonostsev. At the Dublin end of the rink, defensive forward Drew Miller scored his 8th of the year in the first period. IN the second period, Henrik Zetterberg scored on the powerplay and two defensemen beat Tim Thomas to put the Bears ahead comfortably heading into the third period. Brent Seabrook and Dennis Seidenberg were the Dmen who scored in the second for Bern. Speaking of the Bear defense corps, it looks different today. A day after waiving Cam Barker, Kevan Miller injured his leg. That meant the only player on the roster they could plug into the sixth defenseman hole alongside Ron Hainsey was 21-year-old Jon Merrill and his 5 games of experience. Instead, GM Randy Rock went to the free agent wire and signed 30-year-old Mike Lundin, who played Season 1 in Moscow and Season 2 in Frankfurt. He did not play last season. The Bears are in a close battle for home ice advantage in the Southern Conference playoffs. They are currently in 4th place. Bratislava is a point behind them but has a game in hand. Dublin also sustained an injury Monday. Jordan Schroeder suffered an upper body injury and will be replaced in the lineup by another 24-year-old, Joakim Andersson.
Geneva 5, Paris 1 – Something went wrong Monday in Paris. The generally unbeatable Rouge Eiffels were “Generally” beaten by four goals. Geneva goalie Fredrik Andersen was scored upon on Paris’ second shot of the game, be he turned away all 39 of Paris’ other shots to earn the win. Rookie Valeri Nichushkin scored Geneva’s first and last goals and assisted on their third. Veteran forwards Steve Ott, Mike Fisher and Marian Gaborik also scored. Nichushkin, Ott and center Darren Helm were plus 3 against the Eiffels. If the season ended today, the two teams would be back in Paris to start a first-round playoff series. At one time, Paris was 29-1-1 at home but they have dropped three of their last four home games to Athens, Berlin and now Geneva. Monday’s was the largest margin of defeat for the Eiffels at home this year. Evgeny Malkin will likely miss a game or two as he come down with the flu. Malkin and Frankfurt’s Steven Stamkos are currently tied for the league scoring lead, but there are a handful of players who could still catch them.
Berlin 6, Oslo 4 – The game was tied 3-3 heading into the third period, and Oslo outshot Berlin 12-8, but the Smurfs came away with the win. Seven of the game’s 10 goals were powerplay goals and the Outlaws were 3 for 3 with the man advantage. With the score tied 4-4 with a little less than 13 minutes left in regulation, Alexander Edler scored what turned out to be the winner for Berlin. It was his 12th goal and year and 7th on the powerplay. David Krejci came up with his 21st of the season later in the period to seal it for the Smurfs. No one on either team took as many shots as Edler did Monday and he finished as the game’s first star with 2 points, 6 shots, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. Stay at home defenseman Ladislav Smid played well, registering 4 hits and 3 blocked shots for the Smurfs. Matt D’Agostini and Mark Fayne were Oslo best performers. D’Agostini scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Fayne had 5 hits and 5 blocked shots.