Kristan keeps Dire Wolf in the hunt

Munich 2, Copenhagen 1 – Munich, Frankfurt and Prague all won Tuesday keeping all three of them at 66 points and 3 points behind 8th-place Geneva in the Southern Conference playoff race. Munich downed Copenhagen despite giving up twice as many shots as they took. The Dire Wolf powerplay and the goaltending of Robert Kristan were the biggest factors in the win. Both of Munich’s goals came while Trident players were sitting in the penalty box and both were scored by defensemen. Ryan Wilson tied the game 1-1 in the second period and Anton Babchuk scored the game winner early in the third period. Copenhagen’s Stephen Weiss and Troy Brouwer led everyone in shots with 7 each, and while Weiss scored on one of his shots, Brouwer had a much more frustrating day. Not only didn’t he score, he was in the box for tripping when Babchuk scored and he came down with the flu to keep him out of the Trident lineup in the next week. Kristan, in his third season in the EURO,  made 37 saves. He is currently ranked 25th in the league in goals against average (3.54) having played in 34 games.

Prague 4, Madrid 2 – Ryan Getzlaf and Bryan Little lifted the Siamese Cats to a win by providing the only offense in a third period that started 2-2. Getzlaf scored an earlier goal and both men finished with 3 points on the night. Getzlaf now has 20 goals this season and Little has 25. Madrid goalie Robin Lehner played well, making 35 saves, but the Cats were overwhelming in the third period, outshooting Madrid 16-5. Madrid’s goals came from Chris Stewart and Gabriel Landeskog, while Royals Brian Campbell and Kevin Klein each blocked 3 shots. Prague plays again tonight, against Belfast.

Frankfurt 6, Milan 3 – There were a lot of goals and penalties in this game and Frankfurt had the lion’s share of both. Claude Giroux scored three times and he now has 39 goals this season. He also had an assist on a shorthanded goal by Alex Steen and he led everyone in shots with 7. The Inferno scored the game’s first three goals and led 6-1 at the end of the second period. Andrew MacDonald was Milan’s best player, registering 4 hits and getting 2 assists. Steven Stamkos added an assist to his total in the game and he is now the league’s leading scorer with 93 points. He should be able to hit the 100-point mark for the fourth time in four EURO seasons.

Moscow 6, Helsinki 2 – Spartak is the first team to reach 100 points this season after dismantling Helsinki. Moscow scored twice in each period. Jason Garrison played one of his best games ever. In the second period, he scored the eventual game-winning goal and he finished with 2 asissts and 7 hits. He was also named as the game’s first star. Two other Moscow defensemen were named second and third stars. Andrei Markov scored 2 goals and Duncan Keith had a goal and an assist to go with 4 shots on goal and 3 hits. Kevin Dallman, yet another Spartak defenseman was plus 3 with partner Markov and he added 2 assists. The top line of Anze Kopitar, Andrew Ladd and Dustin Brown accounted for 2 goals and 9 shots on Henrik Lundqvist in the Jokerit net. That line finished the game plus 4.

Belfast 4, Stockholm 3 – Belfast deserved to win the game by virtue of the fact they controlled most of it and out outshot Stockholm 39-22, but the result was in doubt until 11 minutes remained in regulation time. That’s when Nazem Kadri deked and lifted a backhand over Viktor Fasth’s right shoulder to break a 3-3 tie. Stockholm had tied the game twice before but a third comeback wasn’t in the cards. Stockholm’s Ryan Johansen opened the scoring with an unassisted effort and Derick Brassard assisted on the Eagles’ other two goals. Every member of Belfast’s top line scored a goal. Sid Crosby, Nazem Kadri and James neal also combined for a total of 16 shots on goal and they were plus 1 as a unit. Defensemen Dan Boyle and Micki Dupont were plus 2 together.

St. Petersburg 3, Zurich 2 – The Lions poured it on in the third period, trying to know the score at 3-2, but St. Petersburg’s Antti Niemi shut them out to preserve the lead and get the win. Zurich’s Tyson Barrie scored the game’s first goal but St. Petersburg countered with the next two, with Brad Richards and Valtteri Filppula scoring powerplay goals. Jussi Jokinen evend the game just 90 seconds after Filppula’s goal, but late in the second period, Viktor Stalberg finished off a passing play involving Richards and Filppula and St. Petersburg took the lead for good. Niemi ended up making 36 saves and was named the game’s first star. Erik Johnson of the Red Stars led everyone in hits with 6.

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