Monday’s games (I will miss some days here and there. Sorry, guys)
Stockholm 4, Prague 2 – Stockholm goalie Braden Holtby was extra stingy and defenseman Mike Green orchestrated the offensive attack as the Eagles surprised the Wolf Pack in Prague. Green had assists on all Stockholm’s goals except the empty-netter and Holtby stopped 29 of 31 shots. Marcus Foligno scored a shorthanded goal to open the scoring in the game and that seemed to give the whole team confidence. He, Pavel Datsyuk and Bobby Ryan all entered the game with 1 goal on the season and all three scored Monday. It was the first home loss of the season for Prague.
St. Petersburg 6, Helsinki 2 – Goal scoring and goal tending were the problem for Helsinki Monday … but not for St. Petersburg. The Red Stars burnt goalie Chad Johnson for 6 goals on 24 shots, while Finnish goalie Antti Niemi of St. Petersburg stopped 34 of 36 Helsinki shots. Brent Burns scored a pair of goals and he, Viktor Stalberg and Jan Kovar all finished with 2 points. Brenden Dillon dished out 7 hits for Petrograd, while teammate Oscar Klefbom blocked 4 shots. Thomas Vanek and Eliezer Sherbatov scored the Jokerits’ goals. An injury to Ville Peltonen of Helsinki gives Jarome Iginla a chance to get back into the lineup. Iginla has played in 4 games this season and has no points.
Copenhagen 5, Milan 4 – Five different Tridents scored goals as Copenhagen turned back visiting Milan. Going into the second period, the score was 2-2, but Copenhagen pulled in front 4-2. Milan fought back to tie the game early in the third period when Peter Mueller notched his third goal of the season, but just 3 minutes later, Benoit Pouliot beat Alex Stalock with a wrist shot and Copenhagen regained the lead. It was the game’s last goal. One Trident (Andreas Nodl) had 2 points in the game, and three Guerriero (Kyle Okposo, Andrew MacDonald and Luca Sbisa) had 2 points. There were not many penalties in the game, but Copenhagen scored twice in three PP attempts.
Dublin 3, Edinburgh 2 – Edinburgh had trouble beating Brian Elliott and the Dublin Fighting Irish were able to win despite being outshot 40-27. Edinburgh’s Claude Giroux opened the scoring, but Dublin quickly tied it and went ahead on goals by Evander Kane and Ryan Murray. Kane assisted on a Ryan Kesler goal late in the second to make it 3-1 and the only other goal in the contest game near the end of the third when Capital forward Brandon Dubinsky scored shorthanded. The goals by Dubinsky and Kane give them each 8 this season, which places them in a tie with 4 other EURO Leaguers behind Eric Staal of Gothenburg, who has 9.
Berlin 5, Oslo 4 – A shorthanded goal by Logan Couture ended up being the winning goal for the Smurfs, who had all they could handle from the Outlaws in Oslo. Viktor Antipin, the top pick in this year’s draft, scored his first EURO goal and that tied the score at 1-1 after Josh Gorges scored the Smurfs’ first shorthanded goal of the game. Couture assisted on the Gorges goal and ended with a goal and 2 assists. Berlin’s David Krejci and Loui Eriksson had 2 assists each, while Mikhail Grabovski equaled that feat for Oslo. Tyler Kennedy, Outlaw forward, had a goal and an assist.
Gothenburg 5, Minsk 2 – The Devils were out-shot 30-21 but won by three goals. Patrick Marleau, Eric Staal and Adam Henrique all scored a goal and had an assist for Gothenburg, while teammate Kevin Dallman led everyone in scoring with 3 assists. Carey Price had a bad day in goal for the Hussars as he stopped 16 of 21 shots. At the other end of the arena, Pekka Rinne saved 28 of 30 shots. Nick Backstrom of Minsk was the most dangerous shooter on the ice with 7 shots and he and linemates Patrick Kane and Milan Lucic combined for 13 shots. All three had 2 points Monday. Colin Wilson, a regular starter for Minsk for four-plus seasons, sustained a back injury in the game and will miss time. Wilson had a disastrous minus-60 season as a 22-year-old but has been a plus player every season since then. Coach Lindy Ruff has no more left wingers on the roster and will put one of the following forwards into the lineup to take Wilson’s spot: Zac Rinaldo, Bo Horvat, Alex Chiasson and Kevin Clark. The latter three have never played a EURO League goal. The pesky Rinaldo, who is excellent at taking faceoffs, played 9 games this season and has 226 games under his belt.