Copenhagen 3, Moscow 1 – Copenhagen leads series 2-0
The loss of Dustin Brown could be part of the reason Moscow is trailing Copenhagen after losing twice on home ice. The good play of several Tridents is another reason. Shea Weber has scored two big goals in the two games from the point position, Nathan Gerbe has 10 shots on goals and two goals in the two games, and injured Stephen Weiss continues to play inspirational hockey, winning faceoffs, getting shots on goal and scoring points. When Game 3 is played Tuesday in Copenhagen, Weiss will still only be at about 90 percent health, but he is a main reason the Tridents are in a good position. Brown, meanwhile, will be at about 85 percent and Moscow fans hope that he will be able to return in time to help Spartak salvage the series. Moscow outshot Copenhagen 37-25 in Game 2, but Brian Elliott was spectacular in goal for the Tridents.
Belfast 5, Minsk 1 – Belfast leads series 2-0
A shorthanded goal by James Neal int he second period seemed to propel the Giants and deflate the Hussars at the same time. The score broke a 1-1 tie and the Giants walked through the rest of the game, adding three more goals and outshooting the visitors 44-26. Centers Joe Pavelski and Sidney Crosby dominated the faceoff circles, taking 42 of 65 draws. Game 1 of the series was closer, with Belfast winning 3-1, thanks mainly to great goaltending from Jonathan Quick. Minsk will be looking for more on home ice out of the top line of Nicklas Backstrom, Milan Lucic and Jakub Voracek, who have one goal in the series so far.
Paris 4, Zurich 2 – Paris leads series 1-0
Zurich looked good after the first period of the series, but Paris poured it on to douse their hopes. Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp tallied in the first period, but Paris kept working hard and erased the Zurich lead on goals by Josef Vasicek and David Perron in the second period. Then in the third defensemen Ossi Vaananen and Kris Letang scored to give Game 1 to the home team. Vasicek led everyone in shots with 6 and was named the second star of the game. He and Vaananen, who was the first star, each had a goal and an assist. Paris outshot Zurich 43-24.
Athens 6, Berlin 1 – Athens leads series 1-0
Cam Ward bounced all around the goal crease and made 37 saves for the Greeks to earn the Game 1 win on home ice. But Ward wasn’t even mentioned among the game’s three stars. Vadim Shipachyov had a great game, scoring 4 points in 10 minutes of ice time. He was a plus 3 and won 10 of 13 faceoffs he took. Dustin Byfuglien logged more ice time than anyone else in the game and was productive in all areas: a goal and an assist, 5 shots, plus 3 rating, 4 hits and 2 blocked shots. And the third star Michael Ryder had a goal and 2 assists in 9 minutes of ice time. Overshadowed was Jason Pominville, who scored twice, and Ryan O’Reilly, who scored three points, had 4 hits and won 19 of 24 faceoffs. Berlin did a lot of hitting in the game and outshot the Greeks 38-31, but only Nikolai Kulemin was able to slip one past Ward.