Helsinki 2, Dublin 1 – The Fighting Irish simply got ripped off. They outshot Helsinki 51-15 and lost 2-1. The three men to blame – or credit, depending on how you look at it – were Helsinki’s Boone Jenner, who scored twice; Carlo Colaiacovo, who passed the puck to Jenner on both goals; and especially goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who made a crazy 50 saves. The only puck that got past him was a Ryan Murray slapshot that made it 1-0 in the first period. Once again, a Helsinki game featured a lot of hitting and that could have been Dublin’s problem. They got involved in the hitting war and didn’t stress puck movement as much as they usually do. Hits were 24 for Dublin and 20 for Helsinki.
Gothenburg 5, Moscow 4 – Gothenburg won despite being outshot in Moscow 42-21. Jordan Eberle twice and had an assist for the Devils, Eric Staal had 3 points and Pekka Rinne made 38 saves. Moscow’s Jaroslav Halak turned in a questionable performance. The goalie made 16 saves but allowed 5 goals. Max Pacioretty scored Moscow’s first two goals and he now has 6 to share the league lead in that category.
Paris 5, Bratislava 1 – The Rouges Eiffels shut down Bratislava’s forwards, choosing to allow long shots from the point and the strategy worked like a charm. Bratislava defensemen took 13 long shots on Tuukka Rask while their forwards managed only 8. Paris, meanwhile, pretty much shot at will on Marc-Andre Fleury. Alex Pietrangelo and Evgeny Malkin of Paris each had 3 points.
Prague 4, Munich 1 – Marcel Hossa scored the last goal of the game on Thursday and he scored the first two goals on Friday as the Wolf Pack walked all over the Dire Wolf in Munich. Martin Ruzicka and Dmitri Kulikov also had 2 points for the 6-0-1 team from Prague. Ruzicka and Nail Yakupov have quietly taken the team lead in scoring as both have 9 points in 7 games. Munich rookie Nikita Zadorov scored his first goal on a power play.
Zurich 3, Stockholm 2 (shootout) – Team leaders Mike Richards and Jeff Carter scored goals that both tied the game as the Eagles got a point in a game in which they were outshot 30-21 by Zurich. Jacob and Jakub – Trouba and Voracek – scored for Zurich and Voracek also found the net in the shootout. Patrice Bergeron of Zurich had 8 shots and he won 22 of 31 faceoffs.
Athens 6, Lisbon 1 – T.J. Oshie entered the game with no goals through 5 games, but he scored three times Friday against Lisbon’s Craig Anderson. Richard Bachman, who was Anderson’s backup in Season 1, got the win in goal for Athens as he saved 25 of 26 shots. There were only 3 minor penalties in the game, but both of the infractions against Lisbon turned into Greek powerplay goals. Alex Goligoski and Scott Hartnell each had 2 assists for Athens.