OT winner marks debut of hockey in Portugal

Tonight’s games in (roughly) two sentences each:

Lisbon 4, Geneva 3 (OT) – Hockey officially came to Portugal and the 10,447 who attended were treated to a bonus minute and 4 seconds. That’s when Alexander Steen scored a pretty goal to win it in overtime. Lisbon’s big line of John Tavares, Steven Stamkos and Zach Parise produced two goals, as did Geneva sharpshooter Marian Gaborik.

Oslo 4, Dublin  2 – Mikhail Grabovski scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and win it for the home side. Evander Kane scored twice for Dublin, whose new goalie Brian Elliott looked nervous, stopping just 16 of 20 shots. Mark Fayne, defenseman for the Outlaws, blocked 6 shots in the game.

Berlin 2, Munich 1 – The Smurfs nearly doubled the Dire Wolf’s shot total in the game, but the score was close throughout between the league’s two German teams. After Tony Martensson scored in the second period to tie it for Berlin, defenseman Gerhard Unterluggauer won it with a snapshot past a screened Cory Schneider. Dion Phaneuf, an off-season acquisition for the Smurfs, made an impression in his first game with new teammates as he got into a scuffle with rugged Radko Gudas.

Gothenburg 5, Bern 2 – John Carlson recorded a hat trick and Gothenburg looked sharp, out-skating the Bears on Bern ice. Bern got themselves in penalty trouble early as the Devils scored three times in the first a period and once in the second to enter the final period with a 4-0 lead. It was a terrible league debut for Gothenburg rookie Linus Klasen. On his first shift, Klasen fell awkwardly into the corner boards while forechecking and had to leave the game. He is expected to miss significant time with an ankle injury. Veteran Ryan Jones, who was a starter for the Devils for four years before being benched in favor of Klasen, will probably get the call up.

Belfast 6, Edinburgh 5 (shootout) – Justin Schultz and the Edinburgh Capitals watched Belfast’s banner-raising ceremony and then almost ruined the night for the defending champs. Schultz scored twice in the first period and teammates Rick Nash and Pierre-Marc Bouchard put Edinburgh in front 5-4, but Nathan MacKinnon scored with 1:45 to send the game into overtime and a 7-round shootout.

Prague 3, Milan 2 (OT)  – Goaltending was good in a game that Ryan Getzlaf had a major role in settling. Getzlaf assisted on a Nail Yakupov goal in the third period and scored the winner early in overtime. Goalie Alex Stalock made 38 saves for Milan, while Prague starter Niko Hovinen made 30. First-round draft pick Par Arlbrandt of Milan played 11 minutes before leaving with what is believed to be a hip injury.

Coming up Tuesday: The Copenhagen Tridents (0-1-0) will again try to remember which unfamiliar guys skating around are their teammates, but they’ll do it in Prague (1-0-0) this time.

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